“Because of network TV contracts, live streaming video of practice (outside of the Indianapolis 500), qualifying and races won’t be available this season.”
Well, isn’t that a hearty FUCK YOU to the fans and a complete step backwards in the use of technology and building a fanbase and momentum.
I love how this little tidbit was tagged on to the end of an article about “enchanted race weekend data”
(Someone’s got a sense of humour)
“expanded interactive IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights Timing & Scoring applications”
(Oh, does that mean they will actually work this season?!)
ooh and look! a map with coloured dots that roam over a track layout!
(that’s much better than an actual race feed!)
And a twitter feed!!
(Really? A twitter feed is considered enhanced weekend data?)
Newsflash… WE ALL HAVE TWITTER FEEDS! WHAT WE DON’T HAVE IS CONSISTENT STATE OF THE ART EVENT COVERAGE!
The one thing I could count on, every weekend, was a video stream, live from the track, for all of the important sessions. Why is this important? Well, I cover the series. Unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of traveling to every event, so many times I have to provide said coverage remotely. I also don’t have the luxury of Versus being a coverage option as I live outside of the United States.
“I know we have a lot of fans overseas that have used our web streams to watch our races live, so we’re talking about what can be done to maybe offer the races online after they’ve aired first on Versus.” – Randy Bernard
Guess what Randy, our Canadian coverage is pathetic too, so you might as well lump us into that category too.
IF a race is simulcast by a the Canadian sister station. (think ugly step-sister in this case) it is usually bumped to an odd timeslot, tape-delayed by hours, sometimes days, and then cut up all to rat shit, barely resembling the actual event. And what of the junior formulas? The only way I got to see any of the Indy Lights races over the past few years, was via the live stream.
Although the exact figures for live streaming viewership in 2009 and 2010 have not been released, Versus/Comcast apparently felt the potential Nielsen Rating gain warranted a change in live streaming permissions. – Marshalll Pruett – SPEED.com
I don’t understand how they can take such a GIANT step backwards. One would think they would be attempting to UP their online game as that is OBVIOUSLY where the numbers are! Almost everyone I know watches everything online. Take a page out of AIGP! Their online coverage was spectacular. Pre-race pit and grid walks and analysis, full race coverage (practices and quails) and full post race interviews/podium and analysis.
It’s all well and good that they are upping the “fan experience” at the track, but if there is no visual way to follow the series and build excitement leading up to the event, what makes them think anyone will actually show up to play in their shiny new Fan Village?
Personally, I could give a crap about a Fan Village. I’m not there to play. I’m there to watch and cover the racing.
I sincerely, SINCERELY hope that there is an announcement of some sort about a pay streaming coverage option on the back burner, otherwise they (INDYCAR, VERSUS & NBC) have just essentially cut off a large chunk of their international fan base, put the brakes on building any momentum leading into a race weekend, and building a fanbase that follows the series for a season, rather than just shows up to the event that rolls into their town once a year.
If not, I will have to seriously reconsider my involvement going foreword. It’s already too hard and too expensive to do what I do. But at least with the online streaming I could make it work. Now it just became virtually impossible, and much less enjoyable.
In a time when they should be doing everything in their power to make people interested and engage them in the series, teams, drivers, and events, by whatever means possible, they are choosing to alienate instead.
Why do they make it so damn hard to be a fan? I just don’t get it.