Eurovision signs US distribution deal with Netflix

Continental singing contest Eurovision has announced a distribution deal with Netflix.  The agreement will see the semi-finals and grand final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest available to watch on Netflix in the United States, with the 2020 contest in the Netherlands available on-demand after the event takes place. In keeping with Netflix’s staunch aversion […]

Eurovision Sport names head of winter sport

Eurovision Sport, the broadcasting arm of public broadcaster organisation the EBU, has named Robert Portman, the head of sport and sports rights at Finnish pubcaster Yle, as head of winter sport. Portman has worked for Yle since 2001, initially as entertainment and events producer, before becoming head of sport, Svenska Yle in 2008. He then […]

Amazon’s Alexa helps out with Eurovision Song Contest discovery

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has developed a new Eurovision Song Contest-related skill for Amazon’s Alexa voice service, allowing users to discover and listen to Eurovision winnwers of Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices. The Eurovision feature, developed jointly by the EBU’s Technology and innovation and media departments, allows users in the UK, Germany, Austria […]

Dubai Media Inc taps Eurovision for news facilities

The European Broadcasting Union’s Eurovision has struck a deal with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) to provide worldwide news gathering broadcast facilities and a permanent connection to the Eurovision global fibre network. The deal means that DMI will be able to access the services that Eurovision provides to broadcasters to enhance news reporting as well as […]

EBU in deal to create Asian version of Eurovision Song Contest

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has struck a deal with Australian Associate SBS (Special Broadcasting Service) to create an Asian version of the Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU has signed an exclusive option of SBS under which the Australian company and production partner Blink TV will explore the opportunity to create an Asian contest that […]

Eurovision deploys Flex for song contest, opens office in Dubai

The 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 […]

EBU secures new gymnastics deal

The EBU has struck a new four-year agreement with the European Union of Gymnastics for exclusive worldwide media rights on all platforms – radio, television and digital – as well as a services partnership. The deal prolongs the current UEG/EBU agreement, for the period 2017-2020, covering 10 championships and including all Men’s and Women’s European […]

Beamly claims higher Eurovision engagement than Twitter

Beamly claims that it topped 9 million ‘engagements’ during this year’s Eurovision Song Contest – more than the 5.38 million Tweets that Twitter logged around the broadcast. By the end of the singing competition at the weekend, Beamly said that the European viewing public used its network to cast 9.07 million votes about the broadcast. […]

Eurovision launches new live sports app

Eurovision, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s broadcast network, has launched a new app for sports fans enabling them to see live action sports, replays and highlights. The Sports Live app will feature live events from federations such as the European Union of Gymnastics, FISA and European Athletics. Free to download, its content is available largely free […]

EBU taps Newtec for pan-European news exchange

The European Broadcasting Union has signed a contract to deploy technology provider Newtec’s satellite broadcast solutions as part of its pan-European news exchange network. Newtec’s new Multiservice Broadcast system solution will be developed in partnership with the Eurovision network engineering teams and implemented to upgrade part of the network. “We are pleased to partner with […]