Level 3 offers streaming services

Telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications Content Markets Group announced on Tuesday that it has expanded its global content delivery portfolio to include streaming services.

Level 3 says its streaming services enables content providers to distribute rich media content from a global network of streaming servers. The deployment of these streaming servers enables content providers to reach millions of users worldwide with Level 3's portfolio of services. Level 3 helps its streaming customers to provide end users with a dependable and refined video experience and plans to support all of the leading streaming media formats for live and on demand viewing including Microsoft Windows Media, video for Adobe Flash Player, Real Player, QuickTime and the Move Media Player.

"Content owners such as sports broadcasters, movie studios, television networks and others are delivering more of their digital assets via the Internet, dependable streaming services are of paramount importance," says Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3's Content Markets Group. "Level 3 is a major player in this space, our network and content delivery services uniquely position us to meet the challenge of delivering massive amounts of rich media content over the Internet."

Level 3 also formed a strategic relationship with Move Networks that will enable Level 3 to distribute Move's Media Services, and will enable integration of Move's technology into Level 3's content delivery infrastructure. Additionally, the two companies have agreed to a comprehensive collaboration on further development of technology and intellectual property with the aim of further increasing the quality and cost effectiveness of streaming video over the Internet.

Last week, Highwinds Network selected Level 3 Communications' Content Markets Group to provide the underlying network backbone services that power the company's RollingThunder network.

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