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PT SportSuite livestreams inaugural 3 Team Cricket match with AJA

PT SportSuite livestreams inaugural 3 Team Cricket match with AJA

PT SportSuite livestreams inaugural 3 Team Cricket match with AJA

South Africa:

Sporting events around the world are gradually starting to emerge from lockdown, but with spectators currently not allowed in the stands, live streaming has become essential to keeping fans connected. Earlier this summer, Cricket South Africa debuted a new 3 Team Cricket (3TC) format, with PT SportSuite bringing coverage of the historic event to remote audiences via three AJA HELO H.264 streamers/recorders.

Connecting to the on-site OB truck
Connecting to the on-site OB truck

Held at SuperSport Park in Centurion, South Africa on Nelson Mandela International Day, the event provided a launchpad for the new 3TC format, which includes three teams, playing two halves in one match. Drawing in a number of South African cricket heavyweights, the match attracted a broad audience, who were encouraged to donate to the Hardship Fund, an initiative to help those in the cricket community affected by the pandemic.

To facilitate a live event stream, PT SportSuite connected two AJA HELO units to an on-site OB truck via SDI and streamed footage over IP to an AWS-cloud based media processing and content distribution infrastructure. Given the production was mobile and lacking network infrastructure, the team configured the HELOs for redundant inputs, assigning each to a different cellular broadband provider. A third HELO was positioned at the PT SportSuite Cape Town office for automatic failover in case of emergency.

The 3TC streaming portal
The 3TC streaming portal

“HELO was so easy to use and incredibly reliable,” shared Clinton Bosch, PT SportSuite’s chief technology officer. “Our team hadn’t ever set up an encoder before but was able to get all three HELOs up and running quickly and without complication, and throughout the stream, the devices never skipped a beat. The UI is so straightforward, and we love how HELO also gives us the ability to set up, configure and control each device and monitor the stream from a standard web-browser if we want, which will be useful for projects moving forward.”

Looking ahead, PT SportSuite expects the demand for similar applications in sports to grow in the coming years. “We’ve entered into a new era of sports consumption, in which fans – for the immediate future – can no longer be physically present during matches,” Bosch concluded. “To adapt, sports organisations are looking to find new ways to connect with fans and monetise content across various consumer viewing platforms from OTT to broadcast and digital. With tools like HELO, helping them deliver will be easier, more affordable and less time consuming.”



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