Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland
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Australia’s first live 5G broadcast and what 5G could mean for entertainment

By Channa Seneviratne September 5, 2019

Among the many 5G demonstrations on the Telstra Vantage floor this year was Australia’s first live 5G broadcast.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

In partnership with Igloovision, Summit Tech Multimedia Communications and Magna Group, we streamed 360° video, live over 5G, from Kurrawa beach, Queensland onto the Vantage show floor in an eye-popping 8k resolution.

The 8k resolution created an immersive experience that transported Telstra Vantage guests from the grey skies of Melbourne to the sunnier climes of the Gold Coast. The content streamed with only a two-second delay between Queensland and Victoria and we were even able to include interactive features with picture-in-picture video calling.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

The live stream was another demonstration of how we continue to lead in 5G. It also gives a glimpse of the potential 5G has to revolutionise the entertainment industries.

The increased capacity of 5G has the capability to deliver more immersive, higher resolution experiences beyond the ability of 4G. 5G is about more than just making high-definition and Ultra High Definition content ubiquitous in this country. It’s about empowering 360° filmmaking, virtual reality and augmented reality applications and the promise of new tools for broadcasters and content creators to work with.

Last year, at our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast, we showed off one of the world’s first sports gaming experiences over 5G to pro esports team The Chiefs. Then, in the controlled environment of our testing facility, we showed off how the ultra-low latency of 5G -about four times lower than that of 4G – could enhance the gaming experience and inspire developers within the gaming industry.

Australia’s first live 5G broadcast - Kurrawa beach, Queensland

Today at Telstra Vantage, we expanded that demonstration of the capabilities of 5G from esports to other forms of entertainment. And we are not the only people to think so – Samsung recently leveraged 5G technologies to demonstrate a multi-angle sports broadcasting and KT has rolled out a 5G based ultra-high definition live broadcasting service, providing 5G equipment to news broadcaster Seoul Broadcasting System.

The potential for 5G to expand into the broadcasting space is exponential, and if we can inspire the next generation of content creators, who knows what the future of entertainment may be – a virtual reality season of Game of Thrones, or perhaps the AFL Grand Final broadcast in 360 from the centre circle?

World Relay Championships - Japan
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We’re going for gold with international remote video production

By Andreas Eriksson June 14, 2019

Working with Nexion, we helped deliver all the action at this year’s World Relay Championships in Japan, transporting HD content across 16,000km using our incredible Distributed Production Network (DPN).

The DPN revolutionises live sport – it’s an end-to-end IP network which has been custom built for the media industry.

The 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 centralised production hubs.

Such true remote production removes the need for onsite production facilities and provides secure links between sports venues and production hubs on a bespoke network.

We’ve already tested the incredible power of the DPN in Australia. The use of the DPN in Japan represents the first real-world application of the technology outside of Australia. Remote production over long distances requires a network that has the special characteristics of high bandwidth, low latency, low jitter and low wander, which the Telstra DPN delivers in Australia and now internationally.

For the World Relay Championships, in partnership with Nexion, we helped transport 30 HD live camera and graphics feeds from the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to Tokyo, then onwards to a production hub in Sydney. These signals travelled from Japan at an incredible 10Gbps speed via the DPN, delivering crisp, high-resolution footage of the event from every angle using ultra-low-latency compression tech.

This use of our technology in Japan represents an exciting development for us. After a successful Telstra DPN trial from the NEP Andrews Hub Sydney to Los Angeles last year, we were looking for an opportunity to use the Telstra DPN and the NEP Andrews Hub to produce an international sports event. ITN’s broadcast of the World Relay Championships was the perfect two-day event to debut the Telstra DPN outside of Australia at cable distances of 16,000 kilometers return trip.

The successful remote production of the ITN broadcast at the NEP Andrews Hub in Sydney opens a world of future international possibilities. It demonstrates that even across huge distances there is now a viable alternative to production facilities onsite at a venue.

We’re excited to work with broadcasters and sporting bodies on future events utilizing the Telstra DPN.

Broadcast Asia - the future of broadcasting and Telstra Broadcast Services
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Sports fans and broadcasters agree, Asia is the place to be

By Anna Lockwood June 28, 2018

For broadcasters, rights holders and sponsors the opportunities in sports broadcasting are immense, as high-value live sports content and major sporting events continue to drive revenue and audience reach. So how can media and content creators ensure they are set up for this fast-growing category? What do viewers of major sports events want to see?

This week at Broadcast Asia – the largest APAC event for the media and broadcasting industry – the latest technology and innovations were on display to inspire the exciting near future of broadcasting. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Content Media Security, OTT and Online Video, Remote Production, IP Broadcasting and Data and Analytics were the event’s hot topics.

Telstra Broadcast Services - New Business Models in Sport and Media panel, Broadcast Asia Singapore
Featured, from left to right are: Nigel Smart, COO Adelaide Football Club; Anna Lockwood, Head of Media Market Development, Telstra; Johan Kremer, Head of Business Development, AIQ; Peter Bruce, Director, IABM

But fittingly, with the viewers around the globe currently glued to the FIFA World Cup, the biggest buzz was around sports broadcasting with these top four trends flagged as game changers for broadcasters and sports audiences.

  1. Viewers want sports content to be truly mobile and flexible: any content, anywhere, on any device
  2. They want to watch and engage simultaneously with like-minded communities – giving the sports viewer the interactive experience they are seeking
  3. Underpinning the viewer consumption desires is a yearning for personalisation. Direct to viewer offerings and AI and Machine Learning/Deep Learning are becoming more important for sports content producers and broadcasters to provide greater personalisation to viewers
  4. The rise of gaming and esports as a content focus for young viewers, leading to a new and rapidly growing adjacent opportunity for traditional sports media businesses

Whether you’re a football (soccer), rugby, athletics, snowboarding or even an esports fan, over the next five years in Asia there is going to be a major sporting event for you:

  • 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia
  • 2018 League of Legends World Championship in Korea
  • 2019 AFC Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates
  • 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China
  • 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan
  • 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan
  • 2022 Winter Olympics in China

With 60 per cent of the world living in Asia, reaching this audience with these four key things in mind is critical.

Asia is the largest and fastest growing market for media, and global content creators are taking advantage of this demand by expanding their geographic footprint into the region. This is why Telstra Broadcast Services has invested heavily to ensure we’re set up to provide the best broadcast experiences possible for sport audiences and fans.

Telstra NetCam
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The hidden Aussie tennis tech you’ve already seen on-court

By Trevor Boal February 16, 2018

Telstra NetCamTelstra’s NetCam is a game-changer in delivering a net’s eye view of the on-court action.

Making its debut in 2017 global tennis tournaments, Telstra’s NetCam provides audiences with an unprecedented panorama of the court during competition. Deployed on each side of the net, the miniature camera delivers an immersive broadcast experience for tennis fans around the world.

Telstra’s NetCam is the next evolution of Telstra’s industry-leading Globecam technology, a live, point-of-view miniature camera technology. Telstra’s NetCam device is the result of several years of research in Telstra’s Globecam facility in Melbourne working closely with tennis authorities to ensure viability.

The technology specialises in delivering unique angles and enhanced fan viewing experiences, without distracting or disrupting the players during the competitive match. The miniature camera technology also provides players and officials with a unique and live net’s eye view of the on-court action.

The bespoke camera uses the latest in low latency digital link technology to receive and transmit live content right from the field-of-play. The camera lens can be customised to capture live footage across different situations and environments.

Through innovation in mechanical stabilisation, overheat prevention and remote colour correction, the technology keeps footage sharp, clear and vibrant, despite the camera’s small size and frame.

Telstra’s NetCam meets specific competitive tennis requirements – where the camera needs to be small enough to be discreetly deployed on each side of the tennis net, but also have the capability to capture a panorama of the court during competitive matches.

Pioneered at the 2017 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, Telstra’s NetCam received endorsement from WTA Media Managing Director John Learing: “Women’s tennis is an incredibly athletic and fast-paced game. Telstra’s NetCam allows us to provide WTA viewers with a unique perspective while helping us to tell that athletic storyline. Tennis fans are not just courtside they are now immersed in the game on court and at the net.”

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Melbourne Cup broadcast backed by winning Telstra Globecam

By John Graham November 8, 2017

Telstra’s Globecam delivered Channel 7 audiences a winning view at this year’s Melbourne Cup, with the bespoke broadcast technology worn by barrier attendants and horseback interviewer.

Australians love watching sport, and the first Tuesday in November is always a major highlight on the Australian sporting calendar with the nation stopping to watch the iconic Melbourne Cup. While throngs of punters descended upon Flemington to cheer ‘the race that stops a nation’, millions more across the globe tuned into Channel 7’s live coverage of the race.

Through the integration of Telstra’s Globecam, a live, point-of-view miniature wearable camera technology, punters were given the box seat for the start and finish of the iconic race live and as it happened. This year marks the third consecutive year Telstra’s Globecam team has been a broadcast services provider for Channel 7’s telecast of the Melbourne Cup.

Featuring on horseback for the Cup Carnival, the bespoke technology uses the very latest in low latency digital link technology to create the smallest and lightest camera device. The camera lens can be customised to capture live footage across different situations and environments. Through innovation in mechanical stabilisation, overheat prevention and remote colour correction, the technology keeps footage sharp, clear and vibrant, despite the live camera’s small size and frame.

At this year’s Cup the miniature-tech was mounted on the barrier attendant’s helmets, providing audiences with live point-of-view vision of the track as they positioned the horses in the starting stalls. A second HelmetCam was worn by a horse rider, as he interviewed an emotional Corey Brown following his historic win on Rekindling.

The Melbourne Cup is just one of the many sporting events to use Globecam with the technology deployed at major sporting events across the Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The technology has been used in broadcasts of the Natwest Blast T20 in England for Sky Sports, Pro 12 Rugby in Ireland for TG4, Indian Premier League, all codes of football in Australia and even sky diving live on Sunrise, as well as by global broadcaster Fox Sports.