TelevisionJune 14, 2015

The U.S. Open on television: Ready for drones, rail cams and robotics?

The U.S. Open is the centerpiece of Fox Sports' entry into golf coverage, the reason why the network reportedly is paying $100 million a year to televise USGA events. It begins Thursday and includes prime-time coverage.

Joe Buck will anchor the telecasts, with Greg Norman serving as the lead analyst.

Among technologies it will introduce (see video below) are drone flyovers, drop-down remote robotics cameras around the course, a small remote-controlled car with an HD camera attached to it and "set loose on the grounds at Chambers Bay," rail cams and augmented reality graphics.

"We are going to try and do a lot of things there to make the viewer feel like they are playing the golf course right in front of them," Fox coordinating producer Mark Loomis said. "We're trying to get some dimensions to the greens, increase the audio from the course, and give you a better look of what the shot looks like to the golfer from the golfer's view. The technology is part of the experience. It's not the experience."

Here is the television schedule for Fox Sports/Fox Sports 1 and Golf Channel coverage of the Open at Chambers Bay:

Fox and Fox Sports 1 (all times EDT)

Thursday and Friday (first and second round)

12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1

8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fox

Saturday (third round)

2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fox

Sunday (final round)

2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fox

Note: In addition to the above, FoxSportsGo.com will have three live-streaming channels (featured group, featured holes, and U.S. Open 360) from 1 to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Golf Channel (all times EDT)

Monday

7 to 9 a.m.: Morning Drive

2 to 6 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

7 to 9 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

Tuesday

7 to 11 a.m.: Morning Drive

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

3:30 to 4 p.m.: Golf Central Special, Live From Seattle

4 to 5 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

7 to 9 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

Wednesday

7 to 11 a.m.: Morning Drive

11 a.m. to Noon: Live From the U.S. Open

Noon to 1 p.m.: Golf Central Special, Live From Seattle

1 to 5 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

7 to 9 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

Thursday and Friday

7 to 9 a.m.: Morning Drive

9 a.m. to Noon: Live From the U.S. Open

11 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

Saturday

9 to 11 a.m.: Morning Drive

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

10 p.m. to Midnight: Live From the U.S. Open

Sunday

9 to 11 a.m.: Morning Drive

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: Live From the U.S. Open

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