NEP Australia and Telstra Broadcast Services have delivered the world’s first remote production across the Pacific.
The successful trial was conducted over four days between NEP’s centralised, IP (internet protocol) and multi-format production facility at the Sydney Andrews Hub and Telstra’s Los Angeles datacentre – more than 12,000+ km apart – using ultra-low-latency compression technology and Telstra’s Distributed Production Network (DPN).
Thirty HD camera feeds in LA were linked via diverse and hitless 10 gigabyte-per-second circuits on the Telstra DPN, which has recently been extended to Los Angeles, with the production taking place in Sydney, overcoming what until now was considered an insurmountable distance.
Telstra remote production and delivery of the International World Relay Championships in Japan for Independent Television News (ITN) marked the first use of its Distributed Production Network (DPN), the company’s high performance media IP network, for a live sports event outside Australia.
Working in conjunction with Nexion, Telstra transported 30 HD live camera and graphics feeds from the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama to Tokyo, and then onwards to the NEP Andrews Hub in Sydney, enabling the successful remote production of live coverage and competition highlights in Australia over the two days of the World Relay Championships. The signals travelled from Japan via diverse and hitless 10 gigabit-per-second circuits on the Telstra DPN to Sydney, using ultra-low-latency compression technology.
Andreas Eriksson, director of Telstra Broadcast Services, said the collaboration between Telstra, Nexion and NEP Australia set a new industry standard for international remote production. “The World Relay Championships is a unique event, and being able to provide athletics fans with two days of full, uninterrupted coverage produced in Sydney was very exciting,” he said.
“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,” he said.
The Telstra DPN is an end-to-end IP network which has been custom built for the media industry. It 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. 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.