Telstra signs partnership with Racing Victoria

Telstra signs partnership with Racing Victoria

Telstra is to deliver connectivity services to Australian horse racing media organisation Racing Victoria under a 10 year partnership.

The move will see Race Point leverage Telstra’s new digital video network, along with licences for Telstra-owned video analytics firm Ooyala, production services from Telstra-owned Chief Entertainment, and satellite delivery services from third party broadcast services provider, Globecast.

The services are said to help Racing Victoria expand the broadcasting of Victorian thoroughbred racing with enhanced racecourse connectivity, improved mobile end-user access and near-real time live media streaming.

“We’ve worked hard to assemble the depth and quality of media services available to our customers today, and this partnership with Racing Victoria is a fantastic example of the capabilities our portfolio presents. This new model is one of the first of its kind in Australia and demonstrates a truly disruptive approach to sports broadcasting,” said Martijn Blanken, chief customer officer, global enterprise and services at Telstra.

The deal will expand the real-time capabilities of Racing Victoria’s Integrity Control Room - a purpose built facility at its Flemington head offices with specialist integrity officers that remotely support stewards overseeing the conduct of race meetings.

Under the partnership, Racing Victoria will also have the future capability to deliver multiple broadcast feeds from Victoria’s 24 premier racecourses as of early 2016.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Telstra that puts the industry in control of racecourse connectivity and the data highway from our racecourses,” said Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry.