Level 3 Communications has announced its successful pilot with Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) to deliver the 2010 Madrid Open tennis tournament online in high-definition (HD). Thousands of people viewed the online broadcast, which was available exclusively in Spain May 7-16.

The Internet broadcast was made possible using the Level 3 content delivery network (CDN) and leveraging the company’s Internet broadcasting services alongside Microsoft Silverlight and Internet Information Services (IIS) Live Smooth Streaming. The broadcast was made available on a website Level 3 worked with RTVE to develop and host for this event.

“We’ve had great experiences working with Level 3 on a number of live events over the past year for iPhone delivery, but this was the first major live sporting event we delivered to our Spanish audiences using the Level 3 CDN,” said Andrés Pedrera, technical director at RTVE Interactive Media, in a statement.

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