Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has been selected again by VERSUS, the exclusive television home of the Tour de France in the U.S., to be the online and mobile content delivery provider for the 2010 edition of the race. This year marks the second consecutive year that Level 3 will partner with VERSUS to stream live Tour de France content to online audiences via the Tour Tracker on www.VERSUS.com and the first year the content is available via iPhone. The Tour de France begins on Saturday, July 3, and live streaming content will be available to U.S. and Canadian viewers in high-definition (HD) for live and on-demand online and iPhone viewing on a subscription basis. Throughout all 21 phases of the three-week race, Level 3 will downlink the live Tour de France signal to one of its teleports in the U.S. Level 3 will then immediately backhaul that signal to several drop points around the country where it will be simultaneously encoded into multiple streaming delivery formats. Once encoded, the live streams will be pushed to the Level 3 CDN for delivery in real-time to cycling fans in the U.S. and Canada who subscribe to the Tour Tracker on www.VERSUS.com. With the Tour Tracker race fans will see live, commercial-free HD video of the race as well as real-time GPS tracking of the peloton and break-aways during each stage of the race. Subscribers will also have access to daily updates with standings for each classification and complete, uncut stage videos and photos from each stage. “At Level 3, we understand that successful online event delivery is about far more than carrying a video feed to a website, and our continued relationship with VERSUS is a direct result of that understanding,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets at Level 3. “We provide end-to-end delivery solutions that manage the signal from creation to consumption, which allows us to optimize the process every step of the way and provide a seamless experience for both the broadcaster and the end-user.”
By providing services specifically designed to manage the process of live event delivery effectively, Level 3 makes it easier for broadcasters and other content providers to share event content via the Web or connected devices with new audiences. For more information on Level 3’s media delivery services, visit www.Level3delivers.com.About Level 3 Communications Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com. © Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Vyvx, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Forward-Looking Statement Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.