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    Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

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      Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

      https://corporate.sky.com/media-cent..._racing_league

      Sky plc (“Sky”) today announces that it has invested $1m in The Drone Racing League (DRL), and has agreed to a distribution deal that will see the thrilling world of elite drone racing come to the newly launched Sky Sports Mix channel.

      DRL is the global leader of First Person View (FPV) drone racing, which features elite pilots each flying a custom designed, hand built and identical drone, through complex, thematic, three-dimensional racecourses that have been compared to a real life video game. The DRL media team creates and continues to innovate a custom-designed broadcast and race infrastructure to capture the fast, close proximity racing.

      In addition to Sky’s investment, Sky Sports has completed a distribution partnership with DRL to bring live events and broadcast content to the UK and Ireland. Airing as ten, one-hour episodes, the 2016 DRL season covers five races including a winner-take-all world championship to crown the best drone pilot. The broadcasts will air from this October on the newly launched Sky Sports Mix channel. Sky Sports Mix will provide an introduction to the sport for millions of Sky customers at no extra cost, with live sports every day.

      Sky Sports and DRL will also team up with London & Partners to bring an official DRL race, the first professional drone race in the UK, to an iconic venue in London.

      Emma Lloyd, Group Business Development Director at Sky, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with DRL to help develop this exciting new sport. The investments we make are all about driving innovation, and ultimately improving the Sky experience for customers.

      “We’re really looking forward to working with the team at DRL to grow the sport and to bring something completely different to audiences across both TV and digital.”

      DRL CEO/Founder Nicholas Horbaczewski said: “This is an incredibly exciting day for DRL. Our team has worked tirelessly to develop the technology, racecourses, and sporting rules needed to deliver the most elite, competitive, and thrilling drone racing league on the planet. We can’t wait to share it with fans around the world.

      “Having a distribution deal and strategic partnerships with Sky will bring DRL to tens of millions of viewers. With their expertise and our industry leading technology, media production and development of the best competitive racing, we believe we can truly grow a global franchise around this futuristic, high-speed racing sport.”


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      Re: Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

      Never heard of that before.
      Watched that, bored, what's next?
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      Re: Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

      lol - I did a quick search in YouTube for some videos of drones racing. Some of them would probably make some people feel queasy. They are made from having the camera mounted on the drones.

      I've seen drone racing before. Basically all the drones are standardised, so it is literally down to the skill of the pilots. They have all the automated things disabled, so stabilisation is definitely out.

      There are many crashes and lots of running repairs.

      Normally no humans or other animals are harmed either.

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      Re: Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

      When they do star wars pod racing like Anakin Skywalker did in Episode 1, I will be interested.
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      Re: Sky announces investment and distribution deal with The Drone Racing League

      You mean this...



      I had heard that this was planned for season 10, but it's more likely that it'll be in the relaunch season after they've shown us the first three seasons of Drone Racing and taken a break of about 16 years.

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