Any one who has been to a Formula One race relatively recently, will know about FanVision (formerly Kangaroo TV).
The idea is simple. It allows fans trackside to hire a handheld screen that broadcasts coverage of the races, alongside on-board camera footage, statistics and full commentary. However, fans will be left scrambling for seats in front of the several giants screens around the tracks, after FanVision failed to agree terms with FOM (Formula One Management) for 2013.
A statement which was issued on Thursday, said that efforts had been made to agree a new deal with FOM, but that the talks had fallen through and it was left with no choice but to back away from F1.
“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 a FanVision spokeswoman. “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.”
Fans of Golf, NASCAR or the NFL will still be serviced by FanVision, and it is yet unclear if FOM have plans to bring in a replacement service.