Fox Sports test drives drones made by Austin company

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Fox Sports tested out drones recently with some assistance from supercross riders.
Fox Sports tested out drones recently with some assistance from supercross riders.

Fox Sports tested out drones recently with some assistance from supercross riders. (Fox Sports photo)

Fox Sports says it hopes to use drones made by an Austin company to help it cover a variety of sporting events in the months and years to come.

During a recent test at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, three remote-controlled, camera-equipped drones from HeliVideo Productions recorded Monster Energy Supercross riders in action. The test went well, Fox Sports executives said, with some of the footage being used in a special the network aired.

“There is no question we are looking into ways to incorporate this next-level technology into a wide variety of our sports properties,” said Eric Shanks, the president, chief operating officer and executive producer of Fox Sports. “We chose to run this live-event simulation … because both companies share a passion for being on the cutting edge, always looking for what’s next.”

Fox Sports has rights to air everything from the NFL to pro golf to NASCAR, so the possibilities are endless, Shanks said.

“While certainly not limited to use in motor sports, capturing the speed and on-track aggressive competition of Monster Energy Supercross from new and unique angles with multiple drones in operation at the same time was a great place to start,” he said. “We’re thrilled with what we learned from this live-event simulation, and we are excited to see where it takes us next.”

In addition to the recent Fox Sports test, HeliVideo Productions has done work for ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and HBO Sports.


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