The Switch was created in 1991 to provide cost-effective, customer controlled television signal routing services to the broadcast industry. Since 1991, The Switch has grown to 51 locations worldwide and is additionally built into more than 140 sports and entertainment venues across The United States. In 2016, The Switch was awarded a U.S. system patent for its customer-controlled video data content delivery (U.S. patent # 9306873). The Switch was awarded the 2013 New Bay Media Product Innovation Award for Switch-IT and the 2012 Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award for Network Automation. The Switch has been embraced by the marketplace since its inception and has grown to its current market leadership position.