Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

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Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Country United States of America
Branch United States Third Army
Type Information
Role Media and public relations

The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) is an American media and public relations operation run by Third Army/U.S. Army Central (denoted ARCENT) on behalf of the Department of the Army.[1] DVIDS supports of all branches of the U.S. military and its coalition partners serving with U.S. Forces in the Central Command (denoted CENTCOM) area of responsibility and throughout the world.[1]

DVIDS also maintains an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.[2]


DVIDS receives public affairs and combat-camera content, including live video feeds, from a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters, located in various places around the world, in a hub in Atlanta, Georgia.[3] DVIDS provides to the media and the public videos, photographs and print products, including publications,[4][5] as well as interviews with service members, commanders and non-military experts.[6]

DVIDS currently uses Aspera software for its data and imagery transmission and storage needs.[7] The Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System operates DefenseTV, a military television-channel accessed through FireTV, Chromecast or Roku.[8][9]

The Director of DVIDS Operations is Logistics officer Major Scott M. Betts.[10] He reports to the Defense Media Activity at Fort Meade, MD.[10]

Private sector partners[edit]

The Third Army has awarded the contract for the provision of DVIDS services to Encompass Digital Media, Inc.,[11] a privately held, electronic media services company based in Atlanta, Georgia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Is DVIDS run by the military?", DVIDS website
  2. ^ Mission, DVIDS website
  3. ^ dvidshub. YouTube. 
  4. ^ The Red Bull Express, newsletter of the 34th Infantry Division
  5. ^ "Round-Up" (PDF). Newsletter of US Regional Command Southwest, Afghanistan. 
  6. ^ About DVIDS DVIDS website
  7. ^ Press release
  8. ^ DefenseTV, DVIDS website
  9. ^ "DVIDS Extends U.S. Military News & Information App 'DefenseTV' to Amazon Fire TV", CHIPS, Department of the Navy magazine, 10 April 2015
  10. ^ a b Personnel, DVIDS website
  11. ^ Champsaur, Angie (September 2010). "The First Line of Defense" (PDF). Encompass Digital Media. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. 

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