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Press Release -- May 11th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video

HBO Selects Level 3 as a CDN Provider for HBO GO(R) Mobile App Delivery

Level 3 to Provide Streaming Services to Support Delivery of HBO® Content to Subscribers via Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch® and Select Android™ Devices

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been selected by HBO® to be a provider of content delivery network (CDN) services supporting the new HBO GO® mobile app delivery initiative. The application, which launched on May 2, gives HBO subscribers access to HBO programming on their Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® as well as select Android™ devices. To enable delivery of this premium media content, HBO will leverage Level 3’s expertise and network capacity for delivering bandwidth-intensive content to mobile devices.

“We rely on Level 3 as a trusted CDN partner, and we’ve been truly impressed with the quality of their video delivery services, as well as the level of responsiveness and expertise we are getting from their team,” said Greg Fittinghoff, senior vice president of Corporate Systems and Infrastructure at HBO. “They’ve been there with us every step of the way as we’ve developed this new offering, and we’re confident in their ability to enable HBO’s delivery of a premium mobile viewing experience for our subscribers.”

The HBO GO mobile app is free of charge to HBO subscribers through a participating television provider. The application provides HBO subscribers in the U.S. with instant, exclusive access to more than 1,400 titles, including every episode of every season of the best HBO shows. Level 3’s CDN platform provides a medium for subscribers to access this unique content whenever and wherever they want.

“Today’s media consumer wants instant, unlimited access to their favorite content no matter where they are, which is exactly what HBO is providing to its subscribers with HBO GO,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “We understand what it takes to deliver that kind of rich content across multiple devices. Using our sophisticated CDN platform, our team has designed solutions to help HBO provide reliable, fast-loading access to their content, regardless of whether it’s a five-minute trailer or a three-hour epic blockbuster.”

Level 3’s streaming solutions are designed to help content owners like HBO meet growing demand for rich media — both live and on-demand — across multiple formats and devices. By leveraging the scalability of its robust Tier 1 IP backbone, Level 3 is better positioned to provide optimized high-speed media delivery regardless of how many viewers are requesting content simultaneously.

For more information on Level 3’s global media delivery services, please visit

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

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HBO® and HBO GO® are the property of Home Box Office, Inc.

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; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; 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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