Sports Illustrated reports on FilmOn TV Networks.

SI WIRE Tuesday July 19th, 2016

FOTV’s Drone TV will show races as well as interviews with racers and builders, will stream live online across FOTV platforms, including FilmOn.com. It will feature all aspects of the burgeoning drone racing scene.

“Drone Racing is changing the way we think about sports and virtual reality, and FOTV is proud to launch the very first channel devoted to it 24/7 on FilmOn.com,” said FOTV Media Networks CEO Alki David. “It’s truly the next NASCAR and watching these little warriors tear it up at 100 MPH is sick, addictive fun.”

In addition to thousands of hours of archived highlights, Drone TV will show 10 new one-hour episodes of drone–related programming each week. The channel will also offer comprehensive coverage of top–flight drone racing championship events.

Drone TV creator Skip Fredricks says drone racing offers video game enthusiasts to mix virtual reality with something more physical.

“Here’s the deal,” creator Skip Fredricks says. “You take your gamers, pretty much living in their home caves 24/7 playing first person shooters, kind of white and pasty from never leaving that room, toss in some BMX riders, skateboarders, your basic extreme sport athlete tatted from head to toe, put a racing drone in their hands, strap some FPV glasses on his face and the reality gets twisted, augmented, virtual, 360VR, and does it really matter, you’re in the seat, you’re flying the Death Star trench at 80 miles per hour and it’s outside in the real world racing in a virtual one. That’s drone racing, that’s drones in general—it’s a whole new way of looking at and interacting with the world. It truly gets you high.”

Fredricks, a former speed boat racer, is an Emmy–nominated cinematographer and an FAA certified drone flight instructor. Fredricks produced the first ever Extreme Sports television show for Fox Sports in 1997.

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