BROOMFIELD, Colo., February 02, 2010
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced it will provide live compressed and uncompressed high-definition (HD) television broadcast video services to CBS for Super Bowl XLIV®. For the first time ever, instead of sending the feed to a production truck for compression and delivery to the broadcast studio, an uncompressed 1.5 Gigabit per second feed will be sent from Miami to CBS studio headquarters in New York via Level 3’s fiber-optic network. In total, over 2,800 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across the Level 3 Vyvx services platform for overall Super Bowl coverage.
“This year, we worked with Level 3 to test uncompressed HD feeds in the delivery of various NFL games and have been impressed with the results,” said Bob Mincieli, director of Broadcast Operations at CBS. “Our mission is to deliver the very best possible sports viewing experience for our audience – especially for the biggest game of the year – and the new technology that Level 3 offers will allow us to do just that.”
For 21 consecutive years, the league has relied on Level 3 Vyvx broadcast services to deliver the most-watched television event of the year. Level 3 will also deliver the game to the league offices, other broadcast networks and satellite teleport sites for global distribution. During the 2009 football season, Level 3 worked closely with the league and broadcasters to provide video transmission for every regular season and playoff game, totaling more than 5,600 total feeds.
“Our work with the NFL and CBS has grown over the years as a direct result of the quality, scalability and reliability of the Level 3 network,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Level 3’s Content Markets Group. “This year, our additional investments in infrastructure to connect Sun Life Stadium directly with the Level 3 network give CBS greater flexibility with point-to-point video delivery between customer locations via Level 3’s high-bandwidth fiber-optic network.”
This season Level 3 also worked with the NFL to create a virtual private network that connects clubhouses and provides league teams with a secure, reliable means of sharing footage from games, interviews, practices and more.
The Super Bowl XLIV broadcast will air on CBS on Feb. 7.
For more information on Level 3’s Vyvx services, click here.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) 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.
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