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Telstra on track with decade-long Racing Victoria deal

By early 2016, thoroughbred fans will have the ability to stream past and present Victorian Racing meets via the Telstra Digital Video Network.
Written by Asha Barbaschow, Contributor

Australian Telecommunications Giant, Telstra has started the week first out of the gate announcing a 10-year partnership with Racing Victoria.

The telco will provide broadcast, media, and data services to increase racecourse connectivity and provide "near-real time live" streaming for Racing Victoria. The size of the deal was not disclosed.

Racing Victoria chief executive, Bernard Saundry said that the deal allows customers to watch races whenever, wherever and however they choose.

"The Telstra Digital Video Network opens a world of possibilities in the future broadcasting of Victorian Racing," he said. "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."

Punters that are chomping at the bit will have to sit tight until early 2016, following the installation of the Telstra Digital Video Network before they can access any footage. Telstra fixed internet customers will be able to view footage on Racing.com as an unmetered extra.

The deal will make use of video analytics from Ooyala, which Telstra took control of last year.

Telstra invested US$61 million in Ooyala to initially gain a 23 percent stake, and paid US$270 million to take its share to 98 percent.

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