Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) announced today that it is working with MSI Live, Hurley and IMG Action Sports to provide live online and iPhone/iPad streaming of the Hurley Pro to surfing fans from Sept. 12-18. The collaboration comes on the heels of the successful delivery of the 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing in August by these same companies. From Aug. 3-8, Level 3 leveraged its global content delivery network (CDN) to deliver 85 hours of live online and iPhone/iPad content to surfing fans around the world using adaptive bit rate streaming technologies. The U.S. Open of Surfing is owned by and was produced by IMG Action Sports, a division of IMG Worldwide, a global sports, entertainment and media company. As a result of the positive response to the live delivery of the U.S. Open of Surfing, the companies are again collaborating to deliver the Hurley Pro from Sept. 12 -18. The event is taking place at California’s San Onofre State Beach - Lower Trestles and is available in real time to Web, iPhone and iPad viewers. “Surfing fans span the globe, and naturally not everyone can attend the events in person. By streaming the events, we are able to get surfing fans a little closer to the action, whether they are on their iPad in an airport or on their PC in Buenos Aires,” said Evan Slater, vice president of Surf Marketing with Hurley. “To ensure the best experience for our viewers, we rely on Level 3’s robust and scalable live delivery platform and the combined support expertise of the MSI Live and Level 3 teams.” These events are the latest in a more than two-year collaboration between Level 3 and MSI Live to deliver premier action sports and media events to online and mobile audiences. MSI Live provides production management and support for live HD webcasts. Level 3 and MSI’s collaboration allows the companies to leverage their respective expertise and technologies to help ensure that viewers receive the highest quality experience possible.
“Level 3’s live event delivery services are designed to make the process as simple as possible for content owners by providing end-to-end support strengthened by strategic business partnerships with companies like MSI Live,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “As content owners look to share events like this with their audiences in new ways, Level 3 can provide both the network and the expert guidance needed to ensure seamless event delivery across multiple devices and platforms.”For more information on Level 3’s live event 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.