Voice of America has signed a deal with Burmese direct-to-home satellite television provider Sky Net to deliver Burmese-language news, English instruction, and other programming to Burma…
After reaching a deal to air Voice of America programming on Myanmar State Radio and provide training to Burmese journalists earlier this year, the BBG has signed memorandum of understanding with Sky Net to deliver VOA content via satellite television.
Sky Net is a direct-to-home provider offering a suite of channels that include state television, various sports networks a bouquet of Discovery Networks channels, and others. The deal allows VOA to get in on the ground floor. Launched in 2010, Sky Net is growing its subscriber base, currently estimated at 80,000 households.
The company is part of Shwe Than Lwin Media Co. Ltd., a major media conglomerate that operates not only radio and television stations throughout the country, but also plans to enter the beer, soft drink, and cigarette businesses through related companies.
The BBG delegation released the following statement:
“The leadership of BBG, RFA and VOA are committed to helping the people of Burma open up a free media during this historic time of democratic transition. On the heels of last month’s historic visit by President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, BBG board members and staff have been on the ground in discussions with the government officials, democracy leaders such as Aung San Suu Kyi, media companies and citizens looking to expand the free flow of information within Burma. Today’s signing is another step to reach even more of the Burmese people through satellite television.”
Initial content from VOA will include Burmese-language news, English language instruction, On Assignment – which highlights VOA reporting worldwide, music programming, and more.