March 31, 2010
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced it has been selected by Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco to provide content delivery network (CDN) services to support high definition (HD) live and on-demand online streaming of the broadcaster's content.
Under the terms of the contract, Level 3 will deliver Web caching and content delivery for live and on-demand streaming of Telecinco programming online, including "Big Brother" ("Gran Hermano"), "Pop Idol" ("Operación Triunfo") and "Dancing with the Stars" ("¡MQB!"). As a Level 3 Alliance partner, Microsoft Corp. and Level 3 will work together to deliver Telecinco's content in HD by leveraging Level 3's suite of CDN services alongside Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming.
"As demand for online content grows, the performance of the network is critical to the viewer experience, and the scalability of the Level 3 network helps us ensure top-quality online broadcasts for Telecinco viewers, even during peak traffic times," said Jorge Martín Ibarra, IT director at Telecinco. "Combined with the adaptability of IIS Smooth Streaming, we're able to provide more of our traditional broadcast content in HD to online viewers all over the world."
For both live and on-demand streaming, the Level 3 platform is designed to support high-quality online delivery across a number of HD-media formats. The company's caching service gives viewers reliable and quick-loading access to Telecinco's library of digital content, regardless of file size or media type.
"Level 3 maintains one of the most connected IP transit networks in the world which, when leveraged with our suite of CDN services, enables us to provide better end-to-end control of content, faster delivery and fewer disruptions to online broadcasts," said James Heard, president of European Markets for Level 3. "In addition, we've pioneered the integration of Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming into our CDN, providing broadcasters like Telecinco with a simple, integrated solution to meet their content delivery needs."
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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