Is live drone racing the next big TV sport? Sky thinks it might be...

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You'll soon be able to watch live drone racing on Sky.

Drones racing in the DRL
Drones in the Drone Racing League race through some interesting locations (Drone Racing League/YouTube)

The broadcaster has made a $ 1million investment into The Drone Racing League (DRL) and will be showing live events to viewers in the UK and Ireland, including the winner-takes-all DRL 2016 world championship, on its new Sports Mix channel.

As the video shows, DRL is all about first person view drone racing, which features pilots flying custom drones through complex three-dimensional racecourses.

Pilots in their headsets with thumbs up
Pilots wear headsets to give them a first person view from the drone (Drone Racing League/YouTube)

Emma Lloyd, group business development director at Sky, said: "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."

Sky also said it will bring the first professional drone race in the UK to a venue in the capital.