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Victorian Racing Signs Broadcast Deal With Telstra
The Victorian racing industry is set to receive a significant boost to its broadcast, data and media capabilities as well as its integrity services after signing a 10-year deal with Telstra to provide enhanced connectivity from racetracks, reports racing.com. Racing Victoria (RV) will adopt the new Telstra Digital Video network 2 (DVN2) which will enable multiple broadcast feeds from Victoria's 24 premier racetracks. RV will also license key products and services from Telstra-owned firms Ooyala (video analytics) and Chief Entertainment (production) as well as a third-party deal for Globecast to provide satellite delivery services. The agreement will not only boost racecourse connectivity, but include improved mobile end-user experience and facilitate near real-time live streaming. The increased connectivity also extends the real-time capabilities of Racing Victoria's Integrity Control Room allowing greater remote support for stewards working at race meetings. RV's Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Saundry, said the deal would help unlock the broadcast potential of Victorian racing and further improve RV's integrity capabilities. "The Telstra Digital Video Network 2 opens a world of possibilities in the future broadcasting of Victorian racing. The ability for fans to have the choice of multiple camera angles and for broadcasters to enhance live vision with data overlays, such as that provided by Trakus, can become a reality with this new technology," he said. "This partnership with Telstra also supports our objective to ensure that customers can watch Victorian racing whenever, wherever and however they choose by providing the framework to deliver broadcasting on mobile devices across multiple partners for the next 10 years." He added: "Furthermore, the integrity of Victorian racing is of paramount importance and this partnership will ensure that we can maximise the potential of our Control Room by extending the use of video conferencing and new technologies to more than 400 race meetings each year."