TED Talks tap Level 3 for online video steaming
Michelle Clancy | 06-12-2012

Chalk one up for innovation and bright ideas: Level 3 Communications has signed on as the primary streaming transport partner for TED, the global nonprofit known showcasing new ideas in a series of videos known as TED Talks.

TED will use Level 3's managed content delivery network (CDN) for international online streaming delivery of "ideas worth spreading," with an optimized viewing experience.

TED.com offers more than 1,400 free TED Talk videos, which collectively have surpassed one billion views. Each explores a single idea in 18 minutes or less, covering everything from distant galaxies and body language to ocean life and global challenges. The website is also the hub for other TED initiatives, including the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts for TED Talks.

"We are truly honored to help deliver TED's extensive and continually growing repository of powerful, insightful talks from thought leaders around the world," said Mark Taylor, vice president of Media and IP Services for Level 3, in a statement. "TED distributes content globally, making it critically important that they have a high-quality, rapid CDN that can easily scale to handle large amounts of content. We are pleased to support them with our global CDN platform."