Since their purchase of Genesis Networks back in the fall, I have wondered what sort of contracts Global Crossing would be competing for with its new video services division. Well, it turns out they handled the Australian Open feeds last month for no less than three broadcasters: the Tennis Channel in the USA, Fox Sports Australia down under, and NTV-PLUS in Russia and the Ukraine. In the case of NTV-PLUS, it was the third year running they had this contract.
Last week they rolled out services in South America, leveraging the extensive assets they have in the region, and listed several major sporting events down the line that will hilite growth in the region over the next few years. You know, minor things like a World Cup and an Olympics. Seems as if sporting events will be a big focus now, in direct competition with the likes of Level 3’s Vyvx amongst others.
I continue to field questions about when Level 3 and Global Crossing will sit at the merger table again, but I haven’t heard a thing lately – honest.
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