Drone Racing Gets a Channel

Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, golf, skiing, fishing…and now drone racing.

That’s a list of sports that have their own TV channels now that Drone TV has launched on the FilmOn streaming service. According to FilmOn, “the channel will feature 10 new one-hour episodes of adrenalin-packed programming each week, as well as wall-to-wall coverage of major championship events, and highlights from thousands of hours of archives.”

Make no mistake. Drone racing is a “real sport,” as Wired reported in April. The proof? ESPN signed a multi-year TV deal with the International Drone Racing Association, to start with the US National Drone Racing Championships, being held Aug. 3-7 on Governors Island in New York City. That event, and the World Drone Racing Championships in October (Oct. 17-22 in Hawaii) will stream live on the Internet-only ESPN3, available only to wired TV subscribers.

More evidence of drone racing’s rapid growth is Interdrone, the international drone conference and expo being held in Las Vegas, September 7-9. FilmOn said Drone TV will be “the featured media partner” at the event, which already lists 60 other “featured” partners at http://www.interdrone.com/mediapartners.

Drone TV is available free with ads in standard definition, or ad-free in HD with a $14.95 subscription to FilmOn’s premium service, which includes 500 live channels, 45,00 on-demand videos and 10 hours of recording space. FilmOn is available online, and via smartphones, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox and numerous other devices.    

Watch Drone TV here or atop this story.

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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