Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) picked up a key election season video deal at its Vyvx division. McNeil/Lehrer Productions, which produces the PBS NewsHour and handles convention coverage for the public broadcaster, has selected Level 3 to help produce and deliver video coverage for both party conventions this summer.
The Republican convention will be held down in Tampa this year on August 27-30, with Mitt Romney and his VP-to-be-named-soon obviously headlining things and Sarah Palin and Ron Paul no doubt making trouble. Then the Democratic convention will be held in Charlotte this year on September 3-6, where there are probably no new surprises but with the former President Bill Clinton apparently being tapped to bring in the viewers.
Level 3's Vyvx will be providing broadcast services with digital connections in DC and at each venue, each with Vyvx encoding, decoding, transmission, and local access. Back in 2008, Level 3 did the streaming and broadcasting for the DNC, so this isn't their first shot at this sort of thing.
No doubt we will be hearing from other service providers who will each be handling different aspects of the telecommunications demands of such an event. You have to figure the toughest one will be the wireless services though, as this will be the first time we have smartphones, tablets, and who knows what else in everyone's hands. I mean these folks (on either side of the political spectrum) are some of the biggest data/gadget junkies out there. Last time they mostly had Blackberries, this time they probably have two iPhones and an iPad apiece on average.
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