Telstra announced it had been selected by Fox Sports to be its network partner of choice, using Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN) to enhance Fox’s outside broadcasting model.
DPN is an end-to-end IP network been custom-built for the media industry. DPN enables professional media customers to produce live broadcasts at a distance from the actual event by sending multiple raw camera feeds, audio and equipment control signals over the network back to centralized production hubs.
The long-term deal will see Telstra’s countrywide DPN connect 29 sporting stadiums across regional and metro Australia to new remote production hubs located in Sydney and Melbourne.
Head of Telstra Broadcast Services Trevor Boal said the DPN would be fully operational ahead of the 2018 NRL and AFL seasons and would support more than 520 live tier one sporting events each year.
Boal also said that under the Fox Sports arrangement, “multiple channels of uncompressed linear contribution video at the lowest possible latency will be traversing our network from sporting venues up to 3500 kilometers away from the remote production hubs.”
“These new hubs will allow us to cover multiple sports from a centralized, revolutionary facility that will deliver the highest quality broadcast to sports fans around the country,” said Fox Sports’ Director of Operations and Digital, Les Wigan.
Telstra will also integrate its Globecam technology (live, point-of-view miniature wearable cameras) in Fox Sports’ broadcasts.
Telstra says its DPN has a standard capacity of 100 Gbps into each venue nationally, which is achieved through diverse network paths.