MLBAM Expands Relationship with Level 3 to Grow Digital Media Services Multi-Year Data Center Deal to Support Content Distribution from MLB.com and MLB.TV
BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has expanded its relationship with MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and internet company of Major League Baseball, to include data center services for the company's industry-leading digital media products, including MLB.TV live video streaming. The services will support the archival, backhaul and internet video streaming needs of MLBAM's media properties and work in conjunction with Level 3's content delivery network (CDN) and internet services.
By connecting products such as MLB.TV, one of the internet's most prolific live video streaming subscription products, to Level 3's Premier Elite data center located within the Uptime Institute Tier III Certified Scott Data Center in Omaha, Neb., MLBAM will have state-of-the-art secure infrastructure services for its properties' infrastructure and media library, as well as direct access to Level 3's international network – enabling growth and global distribution. MLBAM, originally founded in 2000, has grown to be among the largest New York-born, New York-based high tech companies, and this agreement represents its first major technological footprint outside of New York.
"With millions of fans accessing the great content that is live baseball games every day, it's important MLBAM is able to not only accommodate that growth, but also continue to provide a superior viewing experience to our audience," said Joe Inzerillo, senior vice president of Content Technology/CTO at MLBAM. "Level 3 has proven to be a strong network partner, providing us with services, flexibility and scalability that enable us to continue to grow our products."
"Level 3 is known for providing live, interactive sports content and is proud to continue its long-standing relationship with MLBAM," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Core Product Management at Level 3. "Level 3's expansive network paired with its colocation, CDN and HSIP services provides MLBAM with a comprehensive solution that delivers the reach, reliability and quality viewers of its content have come to expect."
Level 3 has more than 350 data centers in the U.S., Europe and Latin America that offer various options for power, space, managed IT and hosting, and virtual and cloud solutions. These centers are located directly on the Level 3 backbone, helping to reduce latency and costly metro access, and providing the freedom to connect to alternative service providers.
For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.
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Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in 55 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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