University of Florida First to Use Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet Lite Service to Televise Major Sporting Events
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 15, 2011/PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT), which delivers some of the most-watched sporting events in the world, today announced a new service that will make high-quality, professional sports broadcast services available to universities. Level 3 is supporting the University of Florida and its network of affiliated organizations including WUFT-TV, the University of Florida Athletic Association and Florida LambdaRail (FLR), to deploy its Vyvx VenueNet Lite service to support the high definition delivery of the university’s football, basketball and baseball games as well as other programming featuring coaches, analysts and fans.
“We were looking for a scalable broadcast solution that could be employed at several of our Gator sports venues, offering the same high-quality transmission that’s delivered by professional sports broadcasts,” saidJon Rubin, Director of Multimedia Operations for Florida’s University Athletic Association. “Level 3’s VenueNet Lite solution is ideal because it allows us to utilize our existing campus fiber network to connect our three major sports venues and our on-campus studio.”
Randy Wright, Executive Director of the University of Florida’s Division of Multimedia Properties, added, “Now we can easily distribute all of our content in the highest resolution available, giving our fans — the Gator Nation — access to more of our programming. The service also offers major broadcast networks the ability to interconnect seamlessly to televise our games and other content nationally.”
“Level 3’s Vyvx suite of services has an international reputation in providing the highest quality professional sports broadcasts to some of the largest TV networks, and we’re proud to now offer reliable and proven solutions to leading universities,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “Not only do we offer professional-level broadcasts for college sports, but also the inaugural launch of our VenueNet Lite service at the University of Florida will give the Gators a customizable broadcast solution that can support a variety of on-campus venues.”
The Vyvx VenueNet Lite service provides a centralized, scalable solution that uses a university’s existing fiber infrastructure to connect all major sports locations on the campus — eliminating the need for satellite trucks and expediting the video feed booking process. The service is supported by a 24×7 operations team.
For more information on VenueNet Lite and Level 3’s advanced event delivery capabilities, please visit www.level3.com/Products-and-Services/Video/Vyvx/VenueNet-Lite.aspx.
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