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#1 JForce

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:06

Firstly, hope you don't mind receiving feedback via a thread here rather than via email etc :D

And so Autosport.com is launching AutosportTV, bringing video clips from various motorsports to the site, for subscribers.

Currently there are short ads at the start, but the email I received says when it goes live in a couple of weeks subscribers won't get those :up:

As you'll know, I'm about as far from the UK as you can get, but the videos loaded quickly and ran perfectly, so big ups for that.

I've been after this kind of thing for a while, it's a great idea, well done team :up:

Some questions:

Will it be available WITH ads for non-subscribers? Sad as it sounds, I hope not....I'd like to see more value for subscribers than just no ads etc

Where are you getting content? Producing any yourself?

Which I guess brings me to:
I'm assuming there won't be much F1 stuff, as FOM are pretty hard-core about that kind of thing I'm sure. Whilst I follow the other series, it's the F1 stuff I'd love to see the most, and that's a catch-22 I guess with the restrictions.

Anyway nice job, it looks slick and hopefully the content can do it justice (Im sure it will). :)

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#2 Mat

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:09

To everyone at autosport.com well done on this! Its a fantastic addition! Keep up the good work. :up:

With regard the FOM limitations, im guessing this will be in place? Do restrictions take into account official press conferences and interviews in the back of the paddock?

#3 Deepak

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:12

I was thinking if it was worth renewing my membership & only the weekly journal was the plus but now Im positive I will renew it thanks to the addition of Autosport TV.

Thanks everyone :up:

#4 Gilles4Ever

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:32

I like :up:

btw: I see a WorldSBK review from Brno, does this mean we may get Superbike coverage in the news section?

#5 jonpollak

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:34

:up:
I seem to remember talking about the likelihood of this a few years ago.
Let's hope Haymarket provide content from varied sources.

Some of the stuff I would want to see ...
IRL/IPS
ChampCar/Atlantics
MastersGp
A1GP
FIA Sports Cars/Endurance/GT
NASCAR/BUSCH
all that other stuff everyone else wants to see.

Most of all were ASPTV to cover any events...LIVE
'Value' would skyrocket

(on from what Mat mentioned)

Jp is guessing there is no hope in hell of any FOM content while within a sniff of Bernie's property.
If there was [pie in sky mode] send Sith and me out to the track...we'll get some kick ass content for ya :lol: [/pie in sky mode]
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#6 pio!pio!

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:44

Unfortunately, the videos do not work for me.
"Connection Error please select again"
On any video I choose

West coast of the United States running Firefox under Windows XP...

It works under Internet Explorer 7 however

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As an aside, it is not quite yet "broadband television delivering high quality video clips"
these clips are too small

need 640x480 video and higher quality audio as well.. (you can hear the audio compression artifacts, and the video quality is not good when played in full screen)

#7 Hacklerf

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:56

wow thats awesome!

watching the ads was abit annoying, for subscribers it would be nice to not have to see them, but what an excellent feature, i tip my hat to you sirs. :smoking:

#8 Lontano

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 11:51

works like a charm over here (Spain).

i would love it to have a nostalgia channel to review older videos, that would really add value to it

#9 Ginga

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:18

Hi,

I'm David, the publishing manager of autosport.com.

A few answers to some of the points raised thus far:

1) The service will be available to ALL users, not just subscribers.

2) Subscribers WILL NOT have ads at all.

3) Content is a mixture of footage provided by the series, and that which we will produce ourselves.

4) We will aspire to have footage from as many motorsport series as possible...

5) Initially we will not be providing any live coverage.

6) There is still some work to be done on the player's user interface, including video size, volume control, navigation through clips etc.

This is really valuable feedback for us, so please continue to let us know what you think.
Thanks
David

#10 Jodum5

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 12:54

Just took a look at the page, and I think it looks great. The video and sounds is very good quality. This seems like it will be a great feature.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 13:13

I like it!

Only thing is that commentator / presenter I hate his voice, sounds like his mouth is permanently full of water. I don't listen to the podcast because it irritates me so much!!

Apart from that lame little nitpick - it's a great addition!

#12 riffola

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 13:18

I am quite happy to see this addition but unfortunately for me none of the videos load. I see the Coke ad at the bottom after clicking any of the videos but I get a connection error message for the videos. Also the Fullscreen link doesn't work for me.

I am using Firefox 2.0.0.6 on Windows Vista Ultimate.

#13 Imar

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 13:29

Great addition! I have the same problem as riffola, though; I see the first frame of the ad, but it keeps on loading without playing. Firefox 2.0.0.6, Windows XP Pro SP2 (UK).

#14 Frogman

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 14:10

I love what I've seen so far.

One thing;
If I click the 'click to view' button, the first video (WRC Finland review) loads immediately, fine. And after that I can easily go through all the other vodeos as well. However, if I try to go to one of the other videos direcly (without clicking 'click to view' first) it stalls at the first frame of the ad.

I'm using IE7 on XP pro.

#15 kNt

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 14:38

I would like some Videos to, but these Webside-Embedded Videos are not as comfortable as when you can open a Stream in a player, or better yet, save to whole thing to the Harddisk.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 16:20

Originally posted by riffola
I am quite happy to see this addition but unfortunately for me none of the videos load. I see the Coke ad at the bottom after clicking any of the videos but I get a connection error message for the videos. Also the Fullscreen link doesn't work for me.

I am using Firefox 2.0.0.6 on Windows Vista Ultimate.



Very nice feature of course :up:
Keep up the good work :up:


Regarding functionality:

Windows Vista Business: It works fine on IE7 and Firefox 2.0.0.6, with Shockwave Flash 9.0 r45. Slight issue: On fullscreen mode on a wide LCD, it cuts the lower part, whereas youtube and co show the whole image with black bars on the sides. I guess it depends on how one prefers it.

Linux (Slackware 10.2) + Firefox 2.0.0.6 with Shockwave Flash 9.0 r31: Normal mode works fine, but fullscreen not.

Edit: Bug noticed just now: On all browsers and OS's, when you first open the page, if you choose a video other than the first one, video screen shows only the first frame of the ad and then stalls at 'Loading'.

#17 Rraman

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 17:36

I recognize that we subscribers will see it ad free once it goes "officially live" - my question is whether the AutoSport TV logo/clip that appears between video clips is considered an ad.

While I have no objections to autosport plugging itself between clips, that jingle which goes "Hey Hey Hey" is really annoying, especially given that it appears every minute or two between short clips. I've watched it 15 times so far and can't get it out of my head.

I REALLY hope that it is dropped from the final version, or repeats after only 5-10 clips.

#18 Imar

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 22:00

Originally posted by Imar
Great addition! I have the same problem as riffola, though; I see the first frame of the ad, but it keeps on loading without playing. Firefox 2.0.0.6, Windows XP Pro SP2 (UK).


Works now! :clap: But I have to click first on 'Click to view' as well.

#19 riffola

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 04:04

Originally posted by Imar


Works now! :clap: But I have to click first on 'Click to view' as well.

Still getting Connection Errors here.

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#20 Timstr11

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 06:32

Originally posted by Imar
Great addition! I have the same problem as riffola, though; I see the first frame of the ad, but it keeps on loading without playing. Firefox 2.0.0.6, Windows XP Pro SP2 (UK).

Same here.
Stays on 'Loading' forever.
I run FF 2.0.0.6 on a Vista PC.
Adobe Flash player 9,0,47,0 installed.

#21 le chat noir

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 18:05

only just spotted this
and basically all i have to say is
:kiss: :clap:

#22 F1Fanatic.co.uk

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 18:32

Great stuff, works brilliantly, exactly the kind of thing Autosport should be doing. :up:

More please! World Series by Renault would be a great addition as there's no coverage in the UK except very delayed highlights on Sky.

#23 gawfie

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:53

Liking the new video. Can i just ask is there any chance that the Video, Magazine, Podcast tabs on the homepage be made a box or boxes to add to MyAutosport?

#24 siggers

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:07

Originally posted by Ginga

2) Subscribers WILL NOT have ads at all.


I do get ads now. I hope it is just a mistake and not a change of policy.

In general the playlist is getting better. Which is good ;). Once there is more material it would be very valuable to integrate the clips into an archive, preferably together with the 'newsroom' material and articles of the respective series.

Something to improve: the difference in volume between ads, comments and interviews is pretty annoying.

#25 Ginga

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 10:33

Hi Siggers,

Please excuse the stupid question, but are you logged in?
On the assumption that you are logged in, this is an error, and not a change of policy. I will look into it.

Thanks for letting us know
David

#26 siggers

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 12:33

Originally posted by Ginga
Hi Siggers,

Please excuse the stupid question, but are you logged in?
On the assumption that you are logged in, this is an error, and not a change of policy. I will look into it.

Thanks for letting us know
David


Yes. I was logged in, and the ad is gone now. Thanks for the fast reaction!
(And of course there are no stupid questions ...)

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Posted 26 October 2007 - 12:18

A little late to the party, but just a quick note to say how I think that this has been a great addition. For those of us in the US, its fun to see highlights of the UK-based series. My favorite is the WRC segments as this currently gets no play here. Thanks for all of your efforts to keep improving your services.

#28 mach4

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Posted 01 November 2007 - 17:36

One thing I've noticed is that even though the video tab is always active, I often forget to check for new videos. I'm not sure how difficult it would be to implement this with the current software but I think a good improvement would be to show a still of the latest video instead of the Autosport TV logo. (although please don't make the video auto-play like espn.com does)

#29 Mat

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 17:12

I like the launch and testing videos. More of those please! :up:

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:22

Why not go the logical conclusion and show all races live.
I could even pay more for that.

#31 Hellenic tifosi

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 21:06

Is Autosport TV going to be incorporated into my.autosport.com as well?

#32 le chat noir

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 19:19

stupid question, but how do i get the volume to turn on? its currently muted and i don't see a control, only pause and back and fore...

edit, huh, just clicked thru the tabs and when coming back, the speaker and full screen buttons were then showing. guess there's a glitch that they ain't there when its the preselected tab and you navigate to the page, but only appears on clicking the tab?

#33 wingwalker

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 10:13

This is mega cool :up:

I thought this is some kind of advertisement at first, but I noticed the A1 race was going and going and going without any interruptions so i eventually clicked on the sound button :blush:

I'm on firefix 2.0.0.11, it works great - smoothly, the picture stays in place. It could have been a bit bigger, in my opinion (but I understand it would mess with the main page layout - maybe a 'optional stand alone' pop-up version would be a solution. the full screen is a bit too much for this quality).

As for contest, I think interviews would be relatively really to make on your side (no copyrights and stuff) and really great to watch. It is always much better to see and hear how people say what they think, not only what they say. Also, maybe a little "historical tv" feature, every two weeks or something, with highlights from important races from past decades or in general a brief history of racing series - I guess that with the quality of your stuff you could simply record them talk and play some stuff, and that would certainly very interesting to see.

One thing I don't like it starts playing automatically whenever I refresh the main page. It is a bit annoying, and could probably kill your server when F1 season will start and millions of people will be frantically hitting F5 to know who was DQ'ed over what.

Really, it is a great feature :up: