Level 3 Provides Vyvx Infrastructure to ESPN Brazil to Optimize Its TV Broadcasts

SAO PAULO, July 18, 2012 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that ESPN Brazil will use Level 3 Vyvx broadcast solutions infrastructure and managed services to optimize transmissions and provide integrated services for TV stations that carry its broadcasts in Brazil. This is Level 3′s first Vyvx infrastructure contract in Brazil.

Vyvx Managed Video Network Services (MVNS) are focused on procuring, maintaining and operating the hardware and software that move video from origin to destination. MVNS includes a full range of Vyvx services that support live video transmission for some of the world’s most watched TV events. Level 3 will transmit video to more than 1,300 points of interest in 300 cities in 26 countries.

“ESPN’s channels have been in Brazil for 23 years, broadcasting live sports events worldwide,” said Victor Hannoun, director of Engineering and Operations at ESPN Brazil. “The Vyvx infrastructure – including encoders, decoders, format conversion equipment and protocols, and management tools – will enhance the quality of our distribution, and Level 3 also will monitor the technology.”

Level 3 will monitor and manage ESPN’s broadcast infrastructure link in real time, 24 hours a day, from its command center in New York City. The circuit has a capability of 140 Megabits per second (Mbps) and is divided into two high definition (HD) channels of 50 Mbps each, and two standard definition (SD) channels of 20 Mbps each.

“Level 3 is a world leader in live event broadcasting, and we are helping ESPN to offer the Brazilian market a complete, high quality solution using our most advanced technology for video broadcast,” said Marcos Malfatti, Level 3′s senior vice president of Sales in Brazil. “Level 3´s Vyvx solutions have been enabling network broadcasts for more than 20 years, with a reputation and track record of quality in global full-service video transmission solutions.”

Some of the largest media and entertainment companies worldwide turn to Vyvx services for their high profile news, sports, entertainment and other special event broadcasts.

Level 3 recently expanded its Vyvx Solutions suite of video transmission services into Latin America, leveraging Level 3′s high quality all-IP fiber network. Vyvx Solutions can be customized for video transmissions of any type and from various locations, supporting some of the largest global media and entertainment companies by helping carry high-profile news, sports, entertainment and other special event broadcasts.