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Press Release -- February 3rd, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Equipment, Exchange, Video

Level 3 Selected by FOX Sports and NFL to Deliver Super Bowl XLV in High Definition with Vyvx VenueNet+

Delivery Marks 22nd Year Level 3 Vyvx Services Will Deliver the Biggest Football Game of the Year

BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it will provide live, high-definition (HD) television broadcast video services to FOX Sports for Super Bowl XLV on Feb. 6, using Level 3 Vyvx VenueNet+ technology. For 22 consecutive years, the League and broadcasters have relied on Level 3 Vyvx Services to deliver the most-watched television event of the year.

Level 3 has connected the stadium in Arlington, Texas directly to its fiber-optic network and will provide FOX with advanced voice, video and high-speed data services through a single connection panel using Vyvx VenueNet+ technology. Level 3's equipment and connectivity into the venue provide FOX with fully diverse, end-to-end on-net service to ensure better reliability and control over the delivery process. As part of the service, FOX will also use Level 3's JPEG 2000 compression services, which the broadcaster used at several venues during the 2010 football season.

"Level 3 has a long history of supporting FOX in the delivery of professional sports content to our viewers around the country," said Keith Goldberg, vice president of Transmission and Resiliency at FOX Networks Engineering & Operations. "For a game like this, where performance is critical, Level 3's unmatched experience delivering this event and the improvements they've made to simplify the event delivery process with VenueNet+ were important factors in our decision to work with them."

Level 3 rolled out the upgraded VenueNet+ technology in 2010, and now provides the service in all 31 major professional football venues across the country. Last year, FOX expanded its work with Level 3 and signed on for VenueNet + services for the 2010 professional football season.

In addition to delivering the game entirely on-net to FOX headquarters in Los Angeles, Level 3 will also carry the pre-game, game and post-game feeds to league operations centers in Mt. Laurel, N.J., Culver City, Calif. and NFL Network master control facilities in Atlanta, as well as other broadcast networks and satellite teleport sites for global distribution. In total, more than 3,000 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across the Level 3 Vyvx Services platform for Super Bowl coverage.

"When a company is selected to deliver an event as big as the Super Bowl for more than two decades running, as we have been, we believe it's a pretty good indicator of the level of trust the league and broadcasters have in Level 3 to provide superior performance in high-pressure situations," said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. "We're constantly looking for ways to make that delivery experience even smoother for broadcasters — by improving workflows, adding services like VenueNet+ and streamlining processes — all with the ultimate goal of helping ensure a great experience for our customers and the viewers at home."

The Super Bowl XLV broadcast will air on FOX on Feb. 6. For more information on Level 3's Vyvx services, click here.

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 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Vyvx, Venuenet+, Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. All NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

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.

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