August 27, 2008
Level 3 Video Streaming Services Ready for Final Night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field
BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that the company has completed final testing of its video streaming services in preparation for the last night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field on August 28. Final preparations included camera tests at the stadium with images encoded and cached over the Level 3 Content Delivery Network (CDN) -- a key behind-the-scenes step in delivering live video streaming throughout the four-day event at http://www.demconvention.com/.
"Live online video streaming in high definition (HD) offers Convention viewers a true broadcast quality experience over the Internet," said Grant van Rooyen, president of Level 3's Content Markets Group. "Over the first two days of the event, audiences from around the world have taken advantage of the opportunity to watch the Convention online. The Internet is helping to break down barriers to access the Convention and engage more people than ever before in this historic event."
As the Official Live Video and Content Delivery Services Provider, Level 3 is delivering:
-- HD and analog video feeds to national and international broadcast networks from the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field.
-- Live video streaming to provide online event access for a global audience; live video streaming in HD is a Convention first.
-- On-demand online video to enable viewers to watch Convention content according to their personal preferences.
-- Web site caching to provide a high-quality end-user experience at http://www.demconvention.com/.
In preparation for the Convention, Level 3 installed more than five miles of fiber optic cable to connect both the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field to the Level 3 network. Level 3 has also established fiber route diversity from each venue, redundant video encoding facilities and enhanced network security to ensure network performance throughout this event.
A video animation that demonstrates delivery of Convention services over the Level 3 network and additional press kit information is available for media download at http://www.level3.com/DemConvention.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. 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 http://www.level3.com/.
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