BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 21, 2010
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it is providing its end-to-end Internet Broadcast services to FUEL TV to support high-definition live streaming of the action sports broadcaster’s event content both online and via iPhone.
Level 3 has been providing live event support to FUEL TV for events including skateboarding, snowboarding and music concerts. Level 3’s Internet Broadcast service leverages the company’s Vyvx and Broadcast Encoding Center infrastructure and its international Tier 1 backbone to support FUEL TV through the process of event delivery from signal capture via satellite to consumption by online and mobile audiences.
“With Level 3, we’ve been able to streamline our coverage of live events via the web, expand our delivery to mobile devices, and open up new platforms for our advertisers on a global scale,” said Gene Pao, FUEL TV’s Vice President of New Media and International Development. “Our goal is to give our viewers the ability to watch action sports events wherever they are and whenever they want, with high-quality video and dynamic, engaging content. With Level 3’s Internet Broadcast services, we’re able to do that much more effectively.”
To produce TV broadcast-quality webcasts, FUEL TV uses broadcast production equipment and processes to produce a live broadcast feed that is fed to the Level 3 network via satellite for encoding. The content is then transmitted over Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) to be viewed by fans online or via the FUEL TV iPhone application.
“The advantage of using Level 3 is that they have multiple downlink and encoding facilities, and a robust network to transfer the signal to anywhere in the world. As a result, we can reliably distribute a live event worldwide using a single provider and without worrying about a single point of failure,” said Pao.
By providing services specifically designed to manage the process of live event delivery effectively, Level 3 makes it easier for broadcasters and other content providers to share event content via the Web or connected devices with new audiences.
“Level 3 delivers a complete, end-to-end managed solution that takes a significant amount of work and stress out of the process for the broadcaster, while providing an experience that is optimized for a great viewer experience every step of the way,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets at Level 3. “We’re also able to take the same signal and easily send it for mobile delivery, which allows broadcasters like FUEL TV to reach new audiences, increase contact with their current viewers and create new opportunities for advertising and monetization.”
For more information on Level 3’s media delivery services, visit www.Level3delivers.com.
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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