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Alki David, the Greek Billionaire and Hollywood Maverick, Is Helping Spread the Voice of America

FilmOn Signs Historic Deal With U.S. Government Broadcaster

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - July 07, 2014) - Alki David, CEO of streaming TV provider FilmOn Networks, announced today that his platform will begin to televise content from Voice of America (VOA), the largest international broadcast produced by the U.S. government.

Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA's highly acclaimed English language news and features content, which will be available by PC, tablet and smartphone.

"This is an exciting partnership that will make available some of the most socially and politically important content that America has to offer the world," David said. "FilmOn is extremely proud to be chosen work with the federal government in this way to provide our viewers with an unrivalled service on a global basis." 

Voice of America was founded in 1942 and produces 1,800 hours of top quality programming every week in 46 languages. It is traditionally broadcast via a network of transmitting stations operated by the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as local affiliates and attracts a weekly audience of 164 million people outside of the USA.

Under the new arrangement, FilmOn will broadcast a channel exclusively dedicated to VOA's English-language programming, plus an additional channel, VOA Persian News Network, which will transmit in Iran's official language, Persian.

VOA's highly successful programming ranges from flagship news shows such as The Correspondents to hit entertainment programs like Border Crossings, a music magazine show that features interviews with stars such as Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

FilmOn's agreement with VOA follows hot on the heels of agreements it has signed with an impressive stable of broadcasters around the globe, including euronews, ABC in Australia, Deutsche Welle in Germany, TVE in Spain and France 24.

"Leading broadcasters are choosing to work with FilmOn Networks in order to take advantage of the numerous opportunities that are created by reaching our 40 million unique monthly viewers via digital platforms," David said. "Wherever you are in the world, FilmOn.com offers a unique choice of content that includes everything from the world's most respected news channels to the best live entertainment, music and sport."

The VOA agreement comes during a period of significant growth for FilmOn.com, which is raising the stakes in the battle over the future of television by opening up local television to global audiences in ways never seen before. The company has launched a new service that lets viewers remotely watch local television broadcasts. Through its "Teleport" technology, a person in Los Angeles (for example) can connect to the service via a micro antenna assigned exclusively to that person at a remote location in any of 18 cities across America.

This mini antenna is attached to a micro desktop computer in the same location as the antenna, so that the user can view local television available to that micro antenna and watch the signal from the micro desktop that has also been assigned to the user for that session.

The service is available to subscribers for a small monthly fee and is a legal and convenient alternative to Aereo's service which shut down in June.

Watch VOA via FilmOn here.

Watch VOA Persian TV via FilmOn here.

Find our more about FilmOn Networks services here.

About FilmOn Networks: Founded by Greek billionaire and media entrepreneur, Alki David, FilmOn is the world's number one free TV service and number one live TV app with 40 million downloads. FilmOn offers over 600 live TV channels including original programming, 600 video and audio podcasts from premium brands as well as over 45,000 video on demand titles at FilmOn.com and other destination sites online, including BattleCam.com. Last month the site's 40 million users generated 1.2 billion video streams. The service is available globally via computers, smartphones, tablets as well as the FilmOn App for iOS 7, Android, Windows 8 and IP-enabled set-top boxes and devices. With offices in Beverly Hills and London and data-centers in Los Angeles, London, and Geneva, FilmOn curates the best of free televised entertainment from around the globe. FilmOn TV is an Independent TV Broadcaster with stations in the UK (Sky Channel 292 and Freesat channel 410 and throughout the US.) For more information please visit FilmOn.com.

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