Eurovision deploys Flex for song contest, opens office in Dubai

Eurovision song contestThe EBU’s Eurovision network is to deploy its new Flex platform in the premises of a number of member broadcasters participating in the next Eurovision Song Contest to enhance the competition’s voting procedure.

Eurovision’s goal is to ensure that each participating Member is connected through at least two independent networks allowing maximum protection.

Flex is a self-managed digital transmission tool that enables broadcasters to deliver live content over multiple networks. When internet and mobile networks are combined with the Eurovision FiNE network, it allows fast, secured and reliable delivery of the content from any location, according to the EBU.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is the EBU’s flagship event, the longest running annual TV music competition in the world,” said Graham Warren, Director of Eurovision Network.

“Last year the three live shows reached an audience of 197 million viewers. We have decided to complement our satellite and fibre connectivity by deploying the Flex IP hybrid technology to ensure full security and smooth delivery of the voting results.”

Separately, Euroviaion has opened a new office in Dubai to support its activities in the region. The organisation has named Jorge Simao as bureau chief, Eurovision Middle East.

“This is a logical step in our strategic development and we are delighted to be reinforcing services to our valued customers in the region while creating and managing new opportunities to develop Eurovision business beyond its current activities”, said Stefan Kuerten, Director of Eurovision Services and Sports Rights.

“Eurovision Middle East will also serve as a bridge between Europe and Asia and a gateway to Africa.”

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