This network extension will bring the total number of U.S.-based professional sports venues "on-net" with Level 3 fiber to 55, and total connectivity to more than 100 different professional sports venues as well as 86 college sporting venues. By connecting directly to those venues, Level 3 can offer its Vyvx broadcast network solutions and expanded network services such as voice, data and security, plus added flexibility to scale as customers' connectivity needs evolve and grow – including 4K video acquisition and distribution.
Sports viewing in the U.S. has grown substantially over the last few years, requiring the need for large amounts of bandwidth, including the ability to stream broadcasts to a wide variety of mobile devices. According to TDG, "among adult broadband users, on average, 22 percent of weekly television viewing is spent watching sports, translating to roughly eight hours of sports video viewing per week."
"There's no question that sports broadcasting – particularly live games – garners some of the highest viewership in the U.S.," said Anthony Christie, chief marketing officer for Level 3. "This important investment in Level 3's Vyvx infrastructure not only provides broadcasters and venues with access to a wider variety of network services, but also allows for future-proofing to ensure they are connected to a network that can adapt for continued growth and changes in technology."
Level 3's Vyvx broadcast services are part of the Level 3 Video Cloud, a trusted global provider of video acquisition, distribution, storage and delivery for many of the world's largest and most innovative broadcasting and media companies. From over-the-top (OTT) to full-time channel distribution, Level 3 brings 25+ years of video experience buoyed by a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end video services and solutions that leverage its global network.