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Press Release -- February 15th, 2011
Source: Global Crossing
Tags: Ethernet, Video

Tennis Channel Gains Advantage Using Global Crossing Genesis Solutions for Australian Tennis Open

Florham Park, N.J. – Tennis enthusiasts across the United States recently enjoyed televised coverage of Australian Open 2011 from the Tennis Channel via Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) Genesis Solutions’ extensive on-site special event transmission services.

Global Crossing Genesis Solutions provided the Tennis Channel an array of fully integrated services, including standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) video transmission paths, high-definition frame rate conversion, multiple Ethernet data circuits, and a combination of MPEG2 and MPEG4 compression technologies.  All services were network protected, diversely routed end-to-end and monitored and managed by Global Crossing Genesis Solutions’ on-site technical support, as well as by Genesis Solutions Network Operation Center and network engineering teams.

“Global Crossing’s stable, consistent service during the Australian Open enabled our production team to bring Tennis Channel viewers the second-to-none tournament coverage they expect,” said Larry Meyers, senior vice president, production, and executive producer, Tennis Channel.  “Whether it’s one of tennis’ Grand Slam competitions, the World Series, Olympics or any of the other championship events in sports, there are always seemingly endless moving pieces to deal with when you’re talking about live television.  Knowing that the Global Crossing infrastructure was behind the Genesis system gave us even more confidence to focus our attention where it belonged -- on bringing the sights and sounds of Melbourne to millions of American televisions on the other side of the planet.

“We know that delivering round-the-clock high-quality, HD coverage of premier sporting events is a priority for Tennis Channel and we’re proud to be providing them the global network they need to make good on that commitment to their viewers,” said Jeff Hallman, director of international event services at Global Crossing Genesis Solutions.  “Regardless of the event, Global Crossing Genesis Solutions offers top-tier broadcasters unparalleled global network support and special events expertise.”

The Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments held each year.  This year, it was conducted from January 17 to January 30 in Melbourne Park, Australia.  Global Crossing Genesis Solutions’ support for clients broadcasting the Australian Open kicks off its annual support of all four major tennis grand slam championships in Australia, France, the UK and the United States.

Global Crossing Genesis Solutions is an innovator in high-performance, rich-media and video-based solutions serving the world's major broadcasters, producers and aggregators of specialized programming.  It is considered a leader in the broadcast video over IP and satellite solutions market and employs a purpose-built network.  Global Crossing Genesis Solutions’ global customer base comprises some of the most recognizable broadcast and program distributors in the world, including leading sports networks, news broadcasters, sports rights holders, news agencies and international broadcasters.

To learn more about Global Crossing Genesis Solutions, please visit http://www.globalcrossing.com/genesis/genesis_landing.aspx.

ABOUT TENNIS CHANNEL

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com ) is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle.  A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community.  It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup.  Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.

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