How Telstra Delivered The America’s Cup

Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS) has delivered the 36th America’s Cup presented by PRADA (AC36) to an audience reaching nearly one billion viewers in 236 countries and territories, making it the most-watched America’s Cup in its 170-year history.

Working with America’s Cup and the host production provider for AC36, Austria’s circle-o, TBS designed a bespoke network encompassing a wide range of different services that it says few other companies would be able to match within their portfolios.

AC36’s key requirement was for scalable and reliable contribution and distribution services that could meet the demands of 55 major networks, as well as global online distribution through YouTube, Facebook, and the America's Cup website. Alongside that, large amounts of broadcast-quality content needed to be regularly uploaded to a media cloud as part of the production workflow, and a 24/7 connection was required to circle-o’s remote centre in Wuppertal, Germany.

“Telstra had a technical service that was outstanding,” comments Werner Eksler, MD for circle-o. “It was important for us to have one partner and not three partners for three different services, and the communication with Telstra was excellent.”

TBS curated an international contribution and distribution solution from its high-bandwidth media network, known as the Special Events Network, to meet these challenges. This solution managed end-to-end IP broadcast network provided services, including on-site and remote broadcast operations; remote production; the distribution of world feeds and streaming feeds to global rights holders; the contribution of signals (including 24/7 upload and Point-to-Point IP connectivity); and bespoke internet services onsite, including ethernet private lines.

“We had a great experience with Telstra,” comments Stephen Nuttall, Head of Production and Distribution at America’s Cup. “The fibre delivery, I think, was a major plus; it was pretty straightforward for broadcasters to plug into the Telstra network. They were always available and very proactive in doing testing with broadcasters. And they delivered an operation, which was, from my point of view, as a rights holder, seamless and very, very reliable.”

You might also like...

IP Security For Broadcasters: Part 1 - Psychology Of Security

As engineers and technologists, it’s easy to become bogged down in the technical solutions that maintain high levels of computer security, but the first port of call in designing any secure system should be to consider the user and t…

IP Oktoberfest 2021 Reports On The Latest In IP Networking

Despite Zoom fatigue, one thing that can be said for some of the more recent online industry gatherings is that they are bringing people together in a highly focused and some say more productive way. After nearly two years of…

TAG Introduces Realtime Media Platform

TAG Video Systems takes advantage of over 70,000 globally deployed probing points to give users the ability to dive deep into streaming content monitoring. The company anticipates more than 100,000 probing point deployments by the end of 2021.

Flexible IP Monitoring - Part 2

In the last article in this series, we looked at why integrated monitoring is a necessity in modern broadcast IP workflows. In this article, we dig deeper to understand what is new in IP monitoring and how this integrates with…

Low Latency Encoding The Key To Variety Of File Streaming Use Cases

Television ratings service Nielsen recently released a report that showed streaming platforms pulled in a bigger share of viewers’ time then broadcast networks did. In fact, Netflix and YouTube alone now make up about 12 percent of the time Americans spend i…