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Press Release -- September 8th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange, Video

Level 3 to Demo High-Definition 3D Multi-Camera Angle Smooth Streaming at IBC

Technology Enables Users to Customize Live 3D Online Viewing Experience in Full 1080p

LONDON, September 08, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) will demonstrate online 3D technology which will allow the user to customize their smooth streaming 3D, high-definition (HD) viewing experience with multi-camera angle options. The demonstration will take place at the Microsoft Corp. stand during IBC from Sept. 10 to 14 in the Topaz Lounge at RAI Amsterdam.

Leveraging its Internet Broadcast services, Level 3 will capture and encode live content into Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming format, similar to its demonstration at NAB in April. For this demonstration, however, multiple camera angles will be encoded into 3D, allowing the viewer to personally tailor their viewing experience.

The demonstration is made possible by using NVIDIA 3D Vision technology, a combination of Graphics Processor Units (GPU), specialized 3D glasses, software, and certified displays and projectors that deliver an immersive 3D experience via PC or workstation. By enabling this new technology, users can now enjoy 3D video streaming in HD to their browser.

“This demonstration is a great example of how partners are utilizing Microsoft’s media platform to provide end-to-end solutions for deploying innovative technologies like 3D,” said David Sayed, senior product manager for Silverlight at Microsoft. “Our ability to provide these solutions is further strengthened by Level 3’s unique ability to support content delivery from creation to consumption.”

Once encoded, the multiple camera angle feeds will be delivered via Level 3's content delivery network (CDN) over the Internet into Silverlight where it can be viewed on a 3D-enabled PC using active-shutter glasses. From there, the user can choose the camera angle they want to appear largest on the screen. At any given point, they can switch between the available 3D angles, allowing the user to create their own unique viewing experience.

“Through our work with Microsoft, Level 3 is able to help create a level of customization for the viewer that is not currently available via traditional broadcast – even the new 3DTV broadcasts,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. ”As content owners explore ways to expand the reach of their 3D content, this kind of technology represents a real step forward in terms of the possibilities for delivery across multiple platforms.”

This demonstration represents the latest in a series of collaborations between Microsoft and Level 3 designed to foster innovation in content delivery. For more information on Level 3’s work with Microsoft, visit www.level3delivers.com/tags/microsoft.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information
Media: Investors:
Alexis Hammack Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-2441 720-888-2518
alexis.hammack@level3.com

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