No more FanVision for F1 races in 2013!

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On a “bad news” front, FanVision (Formerly KangarooTV) will not be available at Formula One race in 2013. According to AUTOSPORT, the  company could not reach terms with Formula One Management and thus will not be present at the races:

“As you know we have, for some months, been trying to find the basis of an agreement between FanVision and FOM in order to continue providing the service in F1 in 2013,” said FanVision.

“Unfortunately it is now clear that we are not going to be able to agree terms with FOM and very reluctantly we have to confirm that we won’t be in F1 in 2013. It’s a big blow for us.”

It’s most likely a big blow for fans as well as they rely on the devices for real-time timing, scoring and video. The very nature of F1 as a road series means that in many cases the fans cannot see the entirety of the circuit. It’s one of the big appeals of American oval racing that a fans can usually see the entire track.

To thwart that issue, which has been this way for time immemorial and didn’t seem to bother folks in the 1960’s mind you, FanVision provided a small, wireless device that feed live timing & scoring as well as video. The rental wasn’t cheap and perhaps we now know why, FOM has their hands in the pie. With deference to FOM, I’m sure NASCAR, NFL and other sports series do as well but I do not know that definitively.

It may be could news for Formula One app-maker Soft Pauer who leads the pack with a £17.99 smartphone app that is pretty nifty. I’ve also argued that F1, if they were on top of things, could take the entire market of live video and data over by making a smartphone app and providing good wifi at the circuits.

Is that doable? Maybe, it would only cost money but Tata Communications should be able to pull that off. Yet again, the sport is defiant in the face of a connected generation who digest information, events and life in a different way than before and F1 seems to be kicking and screaming its way into the new era.

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