Iranians can now watch all of their favorite Voice of America TV shows online with Livestation, a 24 hour a day streaming platform that brings together news programs from around the world.
Viewers in Iran and elsewhere can simply go to www.livestation.com and select ‘VOA Persian’ from the list of regional channels. The site is free and can also be accessed on smart phones as well as an iPhone app.
VOA Executive Editor Steve Redisch says placement of VOA’s Persian Service on the streaming site marks a step forward in the delivery of our programs to the people of Iran. “New research from Gallup shows Internet use is growing in Iran and many people have web access in their homes. It makes sense for us to take advantage of new distribution opportunities,” Redisch says.
Earlier this year the Persian Service rolled out a new lineup of television programs including Inside the USA, which highlights aspects of American life and institutions. In addition to direct-to-home satellite, viewers of many popular VOA programs, including the satirical shows Parazit or OnTen, turn to Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites to watch the programs on demand.
With Livestation, viewers will have increased access to all the VOA Persian Service shows. Livestation aggregates dozens of television news programs from around the world in different languages. The channels can be watched for free via the Livestation website, a desktop player, a free smartphone app that presents all the channels on one interface, or through other mobile phone apps.
The latest audience data from Iran indicates VOA Persian TV has a weekly audience of more than 21 percent, making it one of the most popular international broadcasters in the country.
For more information about this program contact Kyle King at the VOA Public Relations office in Washington at (202) 203-4959 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about all of our programs can be found at www.insidevoa.com or our main news site www.voanews.com.