New Flex network layer planned for Eurovision Song Contest in Stockhom

Eurovision will be deploying its new Flex equipment in the premises of several EBU Members participating at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm during May to provide another network layer to the overall infrastructure for the voting procedure. Eurovision’s goal is to ensure that each participating Member is connected through at least two independent networks allowing maximum protection.

Eurovision 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 robust Eurovision FiNE, it allows fast, secured and reliable delivery of the content from any location.

“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. “This demonstrates Eurovision’s long term vision to apply its newest technology to this 60 year old television classic with the aim of continuously giving it a brand new, state-of-the art edge.”

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