New technology to be deployed at the Eurovision Song Contest

Andres Putting (EBU)
Geneva, Switzerland

The Eurovision Song Contest has always been an innovative television format and a place for pioneering new broadcasting techniques. In 2016 the EBU will use its Eurovision Flex equipment in the Eurovision Song Contest to provide another network layer to the overall infrastructure for the voting procedure. 

Eurovision Flex is a self-managed digital transmission tool that enables broadcasters to deliver live content over multiple networks. The goal is to ensure that each participating Member is connected through at least two independent networks allowing maximum protection.

"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."

"We are very proud to link the Eurovision Song Contest with the Eurovision Flex product," added Jon Ola Sand, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor. 

The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 10th, 12th and 14th May in Stockholm. 


Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede hosted the two Semi-Finals and Grand Final in 2016.

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