NAB 2015: Level 3 expands Vyvx to a host of sports arenas

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 14 April 2015

Level 3 Communications is enhancing its Vyvx broadcast network by extending Level 3's fibre directly into 29 additional professional sports venues in the US.

This network extension will bring the total number of US-based professional sports venues on-net with Level 3 fibre to 55, and total connectivity to more than 100 different professional sports venues as well as 86 college sporting venues. By connecting directly, Level 3 can offer its Vyvx broadcast network solutions along with voice, data and security, and 4K video acquisition and distribution.

Sports-viewing in the US 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% 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 US," said Anthony Christie, CMO 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 over 25 years of video experience buoyed by a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end video services and solutions that leverage its global network.