Fanvision and F1 fail to agree deal for 2013

Narain Karthikeyan (IND) HRT Formula One Team uses FanVision. Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 24 November 2012.Jan.11 (GMM) A system allowing trackside spectators and on-site reporters to access video, audio and data with a bespoke handheld device will not be available at grands prix in 2013.

Fanvision, originally launched as Kangaroo TV some years ago, announced on Thursday that it has been unable to reach a new agreement with FOM (Formula One Management), headed by F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

“Unfortunately it is 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,” a statement released by Fanvision said.

“It’s a big blow for us.”

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  • RicJ

    This is quite unfortunate. We rented one in Austin and it was worth every penny as it really enhanced the experience, at least when my son wasn’t keeping it to himself.

  • fools

    I have never personally used this type of device.

    However as a fan of F1 I can understand the features it had and useful tools it had within its programming.

    Sad Bernie cant help the fans with this feature no longer.

  • Rich

    Bernie looking out for the fans yet again. What a tool.

  • Ian

    ….and the greed goes on. Ecclestone’s contempt for the fans is legendary & shows no sign of improving. Maybe one day F1 will be run as a proper businesss rather than a simple money mill, but not while Mr E’s in charge.

  • tony sullivan

    does anyone know where, which network or provider I will be able to watch the races on in 2013

  • Ian

    To TONY: If you mean F1 on TV, check out the BBC schedule for their 10 live broadcasts plus their highlight packages (which are good, albeit shortened). Or pay sleazy Rupert a lot of money to watch all races live on SKY.