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Level 3 to Provide Live Broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII via Vyvx Services

January 31, 2013

(SPORTS TECHNOLOGY)

Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), Inc recently announced that it will leverage its Vyvx VenueNet+ technology service offering to provide a live broadcast of Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.

In a statement, NFL VP, Media Operations Glenn Adamo, said that, "For more than two decades, the NFL has been able to seamlessly provide outstanding services in support of the Super Bowl to football fans around the globe, thanks to Level 3's reliable, high-quality broadcast backbone. The Super Bowl is one of the most-viewed events in the world, so delivering an unparalleled viewing experience that is easily scalable is paramount. Level 3's Vyvx VenueNet+ service provides us with the superior performance we need to ensure a successful broadcast."

According to The Nielson Co., last year’s Super Bowl was viewed by 166.8 million viewers from across the United States, which constitutes more than half of the U.S. population.  Furthermore, the game was broadcast for viewers from across the globe as well.

Mark Taylor, vice president of Media and IP Services at Level 3, said that, "No other event in the U.S. garners the level of viewership as the Super Bowl, and Level 3 is proud to deliver the game for the 24th consecutive year. We fully understand the importance of providing a seamless viewing experience. That's why we continue to be so disciplined in the planning and preparation of every aspect of our delivery to ensure the best possible broadcast."

This year’s Super Bowl event will be hosted at The Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The venue is connected directly to Level 3's advanced fiber-optic network, which makes TV broadcast of the event easy. As a part of the event coverage, more than 3,500 hours of video content will be acquired, and encoded and transported over the Vyvx VenueNet+ platform.

Level 3 has developed its Vyvx VenueNet+ technology offering to deliver high-quality HD and SD digital video services, featuring HD and SD encoding, in addition to high-speed Internet and telephony services.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman