The Victorian racing industry is set to receive a massive boost to its broadcast, data and media capabilities as well as its integrity services after a 10-year deal was signed with Telstra to provide much improved connectivity from racetracks, reports Racing Victoria (

Racing Victoria (RV) will adopt the new Telstra Digital Video network 2 (DVN2) which will enable multiple broadcast feeds from the 24 premier racetracks in Victoria. 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 deal is a significant development in the racing media landscape with the new broadcast media agreement in the final stages of negotiation.

The installation of DVN 2 at the 24 Victorian tracks which host 80 per cent of TAB meetings will occur by early 2016 allowing multiple feeds to be generated from the track, enabling support for multiple broadcast partners.

It will prove a boost for fans of Victorian racing, allowing multiple camera angle feeds as well as the capacity to introduce new data feeds into broadcast streams.

Users of the thoroughbred industry’s portal will receive the benefits of these streams as well as an agreement which sees Telstra Fixed Internet subscribers (non-mobile) enjoy unmetered downloads and streaming from

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.

It will facilitate future live video conferencing between stewards as well as photo finish feeds and other technology, such as Hawkeye, which could assist stewards in their work.

Telstra’s Martijn Blanken, Chief Customer Officer, Global Enterprise and Services, said the deal would showcase Telstra’s offering in the media and broadcast space and that Racing Victoria was well placed to fully utilise Telstra’s capabilities in this area.

“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,” Blanken said.

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.

“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.”

The remaining 27 Victorian tracks will be serviced by an enhanced satellite service provided by Globecast.