Announcement Marks 23rd Consecutive Year Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ Delivers the Event
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it will provide live, high definition (HD) television broadcast video services to NBC for Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, using Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ technology. The Super Bowl is the most-watched television event of the year. Last year’s broadcast was viewed by more than 110 million people, according to The Nielson Co.
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is connected directly to Level 3’s advanced fiber-optic network, giving NBC the ability to acquire and broadcast the game without having to build or manage its own network. In total, more than 3,000 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded and transported across Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ platform for Super Bowl coverage.
“For more than 20 years, Level 3 has provided the critically important broadcast backbone needed to deliver the Super Bowl to viewers around the country,” said Mike Meehan, senior vice president of Sports Network Operations at NBC. “A television event like this, which continues to set viewership records every year, leaves no room for error. Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ service provides us with the performance, reliability and simplicity we need to ensure a successful broadcast.”
In addition to delivering the game, Level 3 will also carry the pre-game and post-game feeds to NFL 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.
“The Super Bowl is the preeminent sports event in the country, and the fact that Level 3 has delivered the game for nearly a quarter century is a testament to the level of trust the NFL and broadcasters have in us to provide exceptional service,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “We know reliability is crucial when broadcasting live video from a sports venue, which is why we continue to focus on every aspect of our delivery to ensure a flawless viewing experience.”
Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ technology is engineered to provide unparalleled HD and SD digital video services, with added HD and SD encoding, high-speed Internet and phone support. The technology is used in all 31 major professional football venues across the country.
The Super Bowl XLV broadcast will air on NBC on Feb. 5. For more information on Level 3’s Vyvx Solutions, visit www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/video/vyvx.
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Level 3 Communications, Inc.(NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers’ growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit www.level3.com.
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