Defense Visual Information Distribution Service

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Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS)
DVIDS logo
CountryUnited States of America
BranchDefense Media Activity
TypeMultimedia and Information
RoleMedia and public relations
Part ofUS Department of Defense
DirectorScott Betts

The Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS), formerly the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, is an operation supported by the Defense Media Activity (DMA). It provides a connection between world media and the American military personnel serving at home and abroad. It supports all branches of the U.S. military as well as its coalition partners in the Central Command (CENTCOM) area of responsibility.[1]


A network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters in a hub in Atlanta, Georgia, and other locations, feed DVIDS with PR and combat content, including live video feeds.[2] DVIDS broadcasts videos, photographs, podcasts, audio, webcasts, interviews, and print products (e.g., publications).[3][4][5]

The service currently uses Aspera software for its data and imagery transmission and storage needs.[6] It operates DefenseTV, a military television-channel accessed through FireTV, Chromecast or Roku,[7][8] and offers the Military 24/7 mobile app, which delivers news, video, and photos supplied directly by deployed service members.[9] It maintains an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.[10]

Scott Betts leads the Department of Defense DVIDS program via Defense Media Activity, Defense Enterprise Media Systems (DEMS), at Fort Meade, MD.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Is DVIDS run by the military?", DVIDS website
  2. ^ dvidshub. YouTube.
  3. ^ The Red Bull Express, newsletter of the 34th Infantry Division
  4. ^ "Round-Up" (PDF). Newsletter of US Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan.
  5. ^ About DVIDS DVIDS website
  6. ^ Press release
  7. ^ DefenseTV, DVIDS website
  8. ^ "DVIDS Extends U.S. Military News & Information App 'DefenseTV' to Amazon Fire TV", CHIPS, Department of the Navy magazine, 10 April 2015
  9. ^ [1], Military 24/7
  10. ^ Mission, DVIDS website
  11. ^ Personnel, DVIDS website

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