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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 307-06
April 12, 2006

Pentagon Channel Adds Video Podcasting to Production Line

The Pentagon Channel, the Department of Defense’s video news service, recently added video podcasting to its line of products that distribute the channel's military news and information to the military and audiences around the world. 

“We work hard to communicate with the men and women of the department around the world,” said Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.  “I am pleased that we are using video casting and other increasingly important technologies to reach our global audience with all the news and information available on the Pentagon Channel.”

The Pentagon Channel’s video podcasting line-up is comprised of its daily military news and information show; “Around the Services in Brief;" "RECON,” an in-depth look at real-world military operations, missions, and events; and “Around the Services Reloaded,” a weekly round-up of news and information important to service members stationed around the world. 

In addition to its new video podcasts, the Pentagon Channel will continue to offer an audio podcast and to stream a live Webcast of the channel at http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/ .

“Leveraging technologies like video and audio podcasting allows us to communicate relevant and timely military news and information to our men and women in the U.S. military, anywhere, anytime – it’s a great capability,” said Brian Natwick, general manager of the Pentagon Channel. 

Video podcasting is a method of publishing video broadcasts via the Internet, allowing users to subscribe to a feed of new files.  There is no cost to subscribe and broadcasts are delivered straight to the subscriber’s computer desktop.  Files can be viewed either on a personal computer or on a mobile video device, such as a video-enabled iPod. 

The Pentagon Channel, the Department of Defense’s video news service, broadcasts military news and information for and about the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces -- Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve.  Broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Pentagon Channel helps ensure that U.S. forces remain the best informed in the world.

Today, the Pentagon Channel is available on-base to the more than one million service members who live and work on the 312 military bases, camps and installations in the United States that currently receive the Pentagon Channel.   Additionally, the channel is available to the 700,000 service members and their families serving overseas in 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service. 

The Pentagon Channel also reaches more than 12 million households through commercial distribution on satellite and cable systems nationwide.  DISH Network, Verizon FiOS and divisions of Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Charter, Mediacom, RCN, Armstrong, Midcontinent, Knology, GCI, and a number of smaller cable companies and local access channels in communities around the country carry the Pentagon Channel. 

For more information on video podcasting, as well as to view the Pentagon Channel streamed live, visit http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/.