Eurovision to be broadcast in 4K

Italian news outlet Ansa has announced that this year’s Eurovision will be brodcast in 4K for the very first time.

The news agency confirmed Today that all three shows will be broadcast live on the Italian broadcaster Rai’s 4K channel, Rai 4K. The broadcaster launched the service in 2016 and were one of the first European broadcasters to offer a channel dedicated to 4K material.

Rai said at the time:

“With this initiative, RAI confirms its technological leadership in the Italian television system and its role as a driving force for innovation,”

It is expected that the 4K feed will be open to all competing broadcasters who offer a 4K service. Aswell as Rai, a number of other European channels offer the service such as NPO in The Netherlands and TVP in Poland.

In the UK, the BBC offers some 4K content on its BBCi Player streaming service.

There have been a number of technological advances over the years at Eurovision including:

-In 1968 when the Eurovision Song Contest was shown in colour for the first time.

-In 1988 when the first digital scoreboard was shown.

-In 1994 when the voting was shown in vision for the first time.

-In 1998 with the introduction of the on screen graphics.

-In 2003 when the scoreboard showed the voting in winning order for the first time.

-In 2007 when the contest was shown in HD for the first time.

What’s been your favourite technical advancement at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!

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