Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced early today that the company’s Vyvx division has been selected by no less than six national broadcasters in the US and Canada to provide coverage of that minor little shindig happening across the Atlantic later this week. I say minor because we’ve sort of abolished royalty over here and I’d personally rather watch a Teletubbies marathon or some other more entertaining British production. But that’s just me and I’m in the minority — it’s certainly going to be a a gigantic media event and I’ve got nothing against either the prince or his bride.
Amongst those broadcasters using Vyvx to deliver HD feeds of the wedding and all the other stuff leading up to it are CNN and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. When the time comes, Level 3 will collect live HD feeds from various locations around London, including obviously Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, and send them across the ocean to be viewed a few seconds later.
Such live events are Vyvx’s specialty of course, and have been for a long time – though I’ve no idea how big the revenue opportunity is for them individually. Level 3 has a substantial footprint in London as well as all that transatlantic capacity on both their own cables and via leased capacity, so they are ideally positioned to deliver live bits like this even prior to closing the acquisition of Global Crossing – whose UK presence is even larger.
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