Telstra Broadcast Services Joins the SRT Alliance

07 December 2021 – Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS), a leading global media services provider, today announced that it has joined the SRT Alliance, a collaborative community of industry leaders and developers striving to achieve lower latency internet video transport. 

The SRT Alliance, founded by Haivision in April 2017, already has more than 500 members. Its mission is to overcome the challenges of low-latency live streaming by supporting the collaborative development of SRT (Secure Reliable Transport), the fastest growing open source streaming project. SRT is a free open source video transport protocol and technology stack originally developed and pioneered by Haivision, which enables the delivery of high-quality and secure, low-latency video across the public internet. 

Head of Telstra Broadcast Services, Andreas Eriksson, said: “At TBS our goal is to provide broadcasters of any size the most flexible, cost effective and robust ways to manage their content.”

“Our collaboration with the SRT Alliance and Haivision supports us in delivering the right solutions for broadcasters through driving new technologies, like the open-source video transport protocol. This tackles some of main issues our broadcast clients face when it comes to high-performance, low-latency, streaming in a secure and unfailing way across the public internet”.

Today’s announcement follows TBS’s recent acquisition of MediaCloud in June 2021 and expansion into global broadcast capabilities and operations. Through that deal, TBS took control of a suite of significant software-defined and cloud-based capabilities, including the Internet Delivery Network. Being involved in the SRT Alliance complements TBS’ continuing expansion into cloud-based services; and enables TBS to provide much greater flexibility to broadcasters.

The Telstra Internet Delivery Network (IDN) platform is dedicated to the real-time delivery of high-quality media content and live broadcast streams to any registered endpoint, across contended networks such as the public internet.

A range of new protocols is now supported by the IDN, including SRT, Rist, Zixi, TS, HLS, RTMP, DASH, SDI, UHD SDI, NDI and Mediaconnect, among others. Alongside this extensive range of protocols, the IDN will also support hitless protection 2022-7 for merging two feeds to make the switching hitless and automatic for the receiver, protecting feeds from failure for the end customer.

The value TBS brings is in integrating internet delivery between all its networks, including satellite and fibre. The IDN features an API Gateway to link UI and Microservices together and communicates with endpoints connected to the network. The API platform, by being independent and open, is the master point from which TBS can develop the network further, merge existing platforms and offer more advanced features, such as a customer booking portal. TBS provides hardware support to customer sites and existing vendors and seamless internet connectivity across all its media networks.

Peter Maag, CMO & EVP Strategic Partnerships, Haivision, said: “With the SRT Alliance, TBS is joining an industry movement to improve the way the world streams video. We’re pleased to see the SRT protocol being actively implemented by some of the world’s biggest broadcast and enterprise streaming workflows; as its adoption and industry-wide recognition continues to grow, becoming the de facto standard for low latency internet streaming”.

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