Level 3 has rolled to another win with the Tour de France and VERSUN, selected to provide CDN, Vyvx, encoding and end-to-end support services for live and on-demand delivery of the 97th edition of the grande dame of bicycle racing. It's the second year running that Level 3 will team with VERSUS to stream Tour de France content live online (www.versus.com). This year is the first year race content will also be streamed to iPhones.
The Tour rolls off on its three-week journey Saturday, July 3, and streaming content will be available to U.S. and Canadian viewers in high-definition for live and on-demand online and iPhone viewing on a subscription basis.
Level 3 will downlink the live Tour de France signal to one of its teleports in the U.S. through the entire 21-segments of the race and then immediately will backhaul that signal to several drop points around the country where it will be simultaneously encoded into multiple streaming delivery formats. Once encoded, the live streams will be pushed to the Level 3 CDN for delivery in real-time to cycling fans in the U.S. and Canada who subscribe to the Tour Tracker.
With the Tour Tracker, viewers will see live, commercial-free HD video of the race as well as real-time GPS tracking of the peloton and break-aways during each stage of the race. Subscribers will also have access to daily updates with standings for each classification and complete, uncut stage videos and photos from each stage.
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