The OER-Brazil project, is hosting a series of conversations with the Ministry of Education to discuss opportunities and strategies to open license the government funded projects.
Not all the programs could be open licensed, since they also by licenses for international programs from HBO, BBC etc....but some are developed locally through national procurement calls.
The programs are available in all public schools in Brazil, but the goal was to give access to quality content to trough satellite and cable to the poorest and farthest regions of the country. This is a huge federal program called 'TV Escola' http://tvescola.mec.gov.br/
(Text above adapted from mailing list post by Carolina Rossini)