CBS to Take Level 3’s Uncompressed HD Backhaul for Super Bowl XLIV
February 2, 2010
MIAMI, FLA.: Level 3 Communications said today it will
deliver uncompressed high-definition, video from the Super Bowl in Miami
directly to CBS studios in New York. Level 3 said it added Miami’s Sun Life
Stadium to its national fiber-optic network this year.
“For the first time ever, instead of sending the feed to a production truck for
compression and delivery to the broadcast studio, an uncompressed 1.5
gigabit-per-second feed will be sent from Miami to CBS studio headquarters in
New York via Level 3’s fiber-optic network,” the Broomfield, Colo., company
said. “In total, over 2,800 hours of video content will be acquired, encoded
and transported across the Level 3 Vyvx services platform for overall Super
CBS has been working with Level 3 to test fiber-optic backhaul of uncompressed
HD video at 1.5 Gbps versus satellite backhaul compressed at around 270 Mbps.
CBS conducted fiber backhaul trials from Denver Broncos’ stadium, Invesco
Field, last fall. Level 3 first fibered the Field for the 2008 Democratic
National Convention. Level 3 said it delivered 5,600 pro football feeds via
fiber during 2009.
“This year, we worked with Level 3 to test uncompressed HD feeds in the
delivery of various NFL games and have been impressed with the results,” said
Bob Mincieli, director of broadcast operations at CBS.
The Super Bowl XLIV broadcast will air on CBS on Feb. 7. -- Deborah D. McAdams