Eurovision Song Contest 2016 to be broadcast in USA for the first time!
When it comes to watching the Eurovision Song Contest, Americans have had to settle with a live stream or buying a European channel through their cable provider, if available.
Now, the EBU has reached an agreement with Viacom to broadcast the 2016 edition on Logo TV!
The leading LGBT channel
Logo, owned by entertainment giant Viacom, which also owns MTV and VH1 among others, is the leading LGBT channel in the United States, reaching more than 50 million homes. When the channel isn’t airing reruns of the Golden Girls or Queer as Folk, it produces its own shows such as the very popular RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The channel will broadcast the 2016 Grand Final live at 15:00 EST, and has also secured exclusive streaming rights through LogoTV.com and its app.
It is unknown if the exclusive streaming rights means that the Eurovision.tv stream will be blocked for Americans.
“We are thrilled that the world’s biggest entertainment show is being broadcast live in one of the biggest TV markets for the very first time. The Eurovision Song Contest is now a truly global phenomenon and we are extremely happy that U.S viewers now get to join those all over Europe, Australia and Asia in experiencing the Grand Final of world’s longest running annual TV music competition on May 14,”said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand to Eurovision.tv.
The 2016 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will also be broadcast in China, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Portugal, and of course 2016 participant Australia.