April 10, 2013 by Gary Mortenson
Over the last several months, FLW has been working feverishly on creating a variety of new technological advancements in an effort to bring the sights and sounds of tournament bass fishing to fans of the sport everywhere - whether they are sitting in front of their home computer, using a tablet in a coffee shop or on-the-go with their smartphone.
Leading off the list of new tech upgrades for FLW fans is the development of the new FLW app, available immediately for free download for a variety of devices including iPhones, iPads and Android-based smartphones and tablets. The new FLW app boasts a user-friendly layout of all of the latest content featured on FLWOutdoors.com. Users of the free app will be able to access the latest FLW news articles, view on-demand videos, tournament schedules, results, bass fishing tips-and-techniques from pro anglers, episodes from FLW television, register for upcoming tournaments, manage their FLW Fantasy Fishing teams and gain direct membership access to the digital version of FLW Magazine.
Fans interested in taking advantage of the new technological features can download the app from the Apple's App Store for Apple-related devices or on Google Play for all Android-related devices.
In addition, FLW is now offering an `FLW Live Premium' content upgrade as part of the new app. (The upgrade is now available for the iPhone, iPad, Android-based smartphones and other Android-related devices for $.99 a month/$9.99 a year). The premium content upgrade option offers bass-fishing fans the ability to access the entire inventory of live tournament coverage offered for each FLW circuit. During FLW Tour events, the Forrest Wood Cup and other select high-profile tournaments, fans who take advantage of the "FLW Live Premium" content upgrade on the FLW app will have the ability to view FLW Live video/audio feeds from weigh-in as well as minute-by-minute Twitter and video updates from on-the-water reporters covering tournament anglers' progress in real time.
However, that is not all. Beginning with the FLW Tour event on Beaver Lake, bass-fishing fans will now be able to view continuous live streaming camera feeds directly from the boats of all 10 pros on the final day of FLW Tour competition. This feature will be offered as part of the new "FLW Live Premium" content upgrade on the FLW app and is available for all iPhone and Android smartphones as a well as iPad and Android tablets. But as always, live boat feeds for the top-four finalists, exclusive on-the-water coverage and FLW Live will continue to be available at no additional cost on FLWOutdoors.com.
During the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, FLW will continue its commitment to provide as comprehensive coverage of the event as possible. This year, FLW will be offering live camera feeds directly from the Forrest Wood Cup Expo as well as all from all weigh-ins at the arena. On-demand video will include exclusive interviews from Forrest Wood Cup competitors, morning takeoff shows as well as fishing seminars and other related Forrest Wood Cup happenings.
During the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, FLW fans will still be able to view all the newly enhanced FLW Live feeds, on-the-water updates and comprehensive tournament coverage for free on FLWOutdoors.com.
FLW Bass Fishing magazine enters digital world
In addition to the subscription membership, FLW fans can also now take advantage of the latest edition of FLW Bass Fishing magazine in an enhanced digital format. All of the great content available for each month's edition of FLW magazine now can be accessed online at FLWOutdoors.com by clicking here. To get a free preview of the latest digital version of FLW Bass Fishing magazine on your smartphone or tablet, text FLW to 55678. To sign up for an FLW digital membership subscription, click here.
BFL tournament photo enhancements
During the 2013 season, BFL anglers will continue to enjoy the benefits of the new automated photo technology implemented by FLW. During each BFL event, when an angler walks across the stage, a photo is automatically taken and posted to their respective angler profile pages. The end result is that by the end of the season, all BFL competitors will have an extensive photo library housed on FLWOutdoors.com under their specific angler profile pages.
To further our commitment to providing the most informative and comprehensive fishing coverage possible, FLW will remain active in developing additional technological improvements as they become available throughout the remainder of the 2013 season ... and beyond.