Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has just made public his own Kangaroo TV operations, but the end product is something far different than just in-stadium televisions. The FanVision handheld (shown above) has been reportedly shopped to every single NFL
team, but only a dozen of 'em decided to take Mr. Ross up on his offer (along with the University of Michigan, curiously enough). Essentially, this here handheld works only while within the stadium, enabling fans to view instant replays from multiple angles, out of town games, real-time stats from around the league, NFL Red Zone
, live fantasy football updates, on-demand video from your home team, a cheerleader cam (yeah, seriously), highlight reel of the game and the actual network telecast of the event that you're at. 'Course, this type of fan customization isn't exactly new -- the Mariners have been offering something similar
to Nintendo DS owners for awhile now -- but given the
absurd price of front row seats, we'll take any extra angles we can get. FanVision will be available within the stadiums of the signed-on teams (listed after the break) for $199 without any activation or recurring fees, though the MSRP is tagged at $259. Sure beats paying for PSLs, huh?
FanVision Revolutionizes the In-Stadium Experience for NFL Fans
Fans Are Offered Unprecedented, Personalized Access to Instant Replays, Highlights and Live Stats; Will Launch at 12 NFL Stadiums This Season
NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- FanVision, the ground breaking handheld device for enhanced viewing of live sporting events, today announced an unprecedented partnership with twelve NFL teams and one NCAA College Football Team (University of Michigan) to provide fans with revolutionary technological and viewing access during all home games. This will be the first time fans inside the stadium have ever been given the opportunity to control and personalize the viewing experience of an NFL game or NCAA Football game from the palm of their hand.
"There has never been a device in the history of the NFL that allows fans such unprecedented access and limitless personalization of their in-stadium viewing experience," said Carl Peterson, FanVision Advisor. "FanVision is a game-changing device and the closest that fans in the stands will get to the action on the field without putting on shoulder pads and a helmet."
"Before FanVision, fans were only given the director's point of view," said multi Emmy Award winning sports producer and FanVision Advisor Michael Weisman. "I have produced thousands of sports events, meets and games and there is nothing close to the FanVision experience that gives people the opportunity to actually control the way they view the game."
FanVision allows fans to literally take the game into their own hands and puts them in the driver's seat giving them ultimate control over all facets of the stadium, including:
* Instant replay from multiple angles, including replays not offered on television or on the in-stadium video screens
* Out Of Town Games
* Real time stats from the home game and around the league
* NFL Red Zone
* Live Fantasy Football updates
* The Network telecast of the home football game
* On-Demand video featuring club-produced content
* Cheerleader Cam
* Highlight reel of the game
The portable FanVision device will make its official debut at the home openers of all participating teams and will work in any stadium that supports the program, allowing fans to take the entertainment device with them when attending FanVision enabled stadiums.
For the 2010-11 NFL season, FanVision will be available for purchase at all regular season home games for the following 12 NFL teams:
* Arizona Cardinals
* Buffalo Bills
* Chicago Bears
* Cleveland Browns
* Denver Broncos
* Miami Dolphins
* Minnesota Vikings
* New York Jets
* Philadelphia Eagles
* Seattle Seahawks
* St. Louis Rams
* Washington Redskins
In addition, FanVision devices will be available for all home games for the University of Michigan Wolverines football team which began September 4 with their home opener versus the University of Connecticut.
FanVision will be available for purchase for a limited time at a discounted introductory rate of $199 at the stadium of the participating teams and on-line at FanVision.com; the standard retail price for FanVision is $259 per device. Activation fees will be waived for the first year.
FanVision is led by some of the most recognized names in sports, including Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, Carl Peterson, and Michael Weisman. Peterson's 20 years with the Kansas City Chiefs has earned him the accolade of one of the longest career-running general managers in the league, and in 2009, Peterson was named Chairman of USA Football. Weisman has long been a fixture in the sports entertainment realm and is arguably the most decorated sports producer in the industry. Weisman's broadcast of the Seoul Olympic Games helped garner seven Emmy awards for NBC. FanVision will feature high-quality video content created by Weisman, whose involvement in the creation of the video for FanVision will provide spectators with unique and engaging segments unlike anything else available today.
For more information on FanVision, please visit www.FanVision.com.