The European Broadcasting Union has announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and 2020 will be available on Netflix in the United States.
Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and 2020 on demand via Netflix. The deal which sees the contest available on the platform from this coming Monday, sees the Eurovision Song Contest available to watch following the live contest this year and in 2020. It is not known whether this leaves the possibility of a live broadcast of the contest in 2020 in the United States.
Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest commented:
The European Broadcasting Union is thrilled that the world’s biggest entertainment show will now be available on-demand for viewers in the USA, one of the biggest TV markets,
U.S viewers will now get to enjoy all three of this year’s fantastic shows for the first time as well as the entire Contest in 2020. This is perfect timing with plans to launch a US version of the Contest in 2021.
The Eurovision Song Contest was previously broadcast in the United States on Logo TV. Logo’s first broadcast of Eurovision in 2016 was hosted by Carson Kressley (known for presenting shows including “How to Look Good Naked”) and Michelle Collins of “The View.” 52,000 viewers in the USA watched the show that year.
In 2017, commentating duties were taken over by “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” stars Ross Mathews and Michelle Visage. The American broadcast of the Eurovision 2017 final attracted 64,000 viewers. 74,000 viewers watched the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Grand Final from Lisbon, Portugal, with the contest having a share of 0.02%.
Brain Academy, a Swedish production company, has secured the rights to develop a Eurovision Song Contest spin-off in the United States, named the American Song Contest.