In a previous post I talked about Level 3’s new Vyvx Solutions business. Ben also gave a little insight into a large event we were involved with. But I thought it would be interesting to show some photographs of elements of the video service.
Above is the loading bay of a major sports stadium in the US. The truck on the left is the broadcaster’s master control for the event. The box on the right is our VenueNet+ interface. The truck plugs in (you can see cables on the floor) for video, voice and high speed Internet.
This is part of our television control center in Tulsa – our Vyvx Solutions NOC. It operates 24 hours a day monitoring up to 20,000 video feeds across our network every month. There is a redundant facility in Colorado and we will be building another one in Europe this year.
Here is our Atlanta earth station, or teleport. We have four; Atlanta, Denver, LA, Berlin. We use them to send or receive video signals from most of the world’s satellites. When our fiber doesn’t reach somewhere we use satellite. Each one is also manned 24 hours a day.
We now also have another 7 teleports throughout Latin America (Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Columbia). The picture above is the one in Peru. Today they are mostly data only but we are currently assessing how to fully enable them for broadcast video as well.
So there you have it. The next time you are sat in front of your TV watching a live sporting event or some live breaking news from anywhere in the world, some of the people and facilities pictured here may have been part of getting those pictures to you.