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noggin14,318 posts since 26 Jun 2001
France 4 broadcasted the semi-final without any major technical problem (only minor, and short, sound issues). And during the breaks, they didn't show anything else than what took place in Tel Aviv.

However, the commentators are still awful here in France, chatting more or less meaninglessly instead of translating the anchors' interventions and interviews, sometimes even resulting in amputating one or two seconds of songs.


Interesting that France 4 took the feed with heavier sponsorship and product placement. The UK, Norway, Denmark and Sweden I've checked and they had a sponsorship-free feed (rather than masking sponsored elements) I believe Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Israel may also have had a sponsorship-free feed.

(Denmark took a sponsor-free feed, but ran a pre-show MyHeritage sponsor bumper, as I guess in Denmark out-of-show sponsorship is allowed, as it is in Sweden and Norway for international shows I believe. Melodifestivalen's final is 'international' as they make it available free-of-charge to the Baltic states I believe...)

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France 4 also don't seem to have used the host broadcaster style for any of their additional graphics.

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They did - however - manage to remain on-air until the contest had finished.
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BM11947 posts since 2 Jun 2017
London London
Very close voting last night between 10th and 11th.



Closet since Semi 1 of 2014 where San Marino qualified by 1 point over Portugal. May well have been San Marino in 10th last night.
Quatorzine Neko (previously Le Neko) 241 posts since 29 Aug 2016
France 4 broadcasted the semi-final without any major technical problem (only minor, and short, sound issues). And during the breaks, they didn't show anything else than what took place in Tel Aviv.

However, the commentators are still awful here in France, chatting more or less meaninglessly instead of translating the anchors' interventions and interviews, sometimes even resulting in amputating one or two seconds of songs.


Interesting that France 4 took the feed with heavier sponsorship and product placement. The UK, Norway, Denmark and Sweden I've checked and they had a sponsorship-free feed (rather than masking sponsored elements) I believe Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Israel may also have had a sponsorship-free feed.


Oh there are actually MyHeritage-less feeds? This sounds excellent… And indeed very surprising that the sponsored feed was chosen by France•tv, in hindsight.
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MrDexB166 posts since 21 Jul 2014
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The final few minutes are up on iPlayer now.

Although I *think* the commentary cuts out where it went dead and we only hear from them again once they quit the main feed?



I also heard from someone in France that they wanted the BBC feed instead of France TV because they found the commentators to be homophobic.
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noggin14,318 posts since 26 Jun 2001
The final few minutes are up on iPlayer now.

And of course, no acknowledgement of the break in transmission. I mean, it was the last few minutes so it wasn't like you missed anything. But that's surprising none of the producers actually told one of them that BBC Four lost the feed.


The normal rule in live TV is to carry on as if you are on-air (so you have a clean recording - and because in many cases you may still be on-air via some routes - particularly on BBC One and ITV where there are multiple Playout areas and routes) and only apologise if you definitely make it back to live transmission. As that didn't happen on BBC Four last night there was no point at which it made sense to apologise.
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ChipperBird64 posts since 20 Jun 2017
Anglia (East) Look East
Because the USA is now without an official broadcaster again thanks to Viacom dropping it from Logo. We had to use the Swedish SVT upload of Semi Final 1 so I could watch with my US based partner.

There's apparently been talks with Netflix to get US rights, as they are making a mockumentary Eurovision film with Will Ferrell sometime next year. So maybe the rights are in temp limbo because of Viacom optioning out in April. But was kind of a bummer they didn't un-geoblock the youtube stream for the US after Viacom flaked out. They trotted out some excuse about how Youtube pays artists badly, but it's a little weird when the youtube live stream is fine almost everywhere else. Ho hum

I hope Netflix treats it better than Logo did however. They had the worst commentators for their first year, and then second year they only took the final as I recall.

In any case, Sweden's feed lacked advertising stuff and they don't do any personally recorded skits. About the most dabbing SVT did besides commentary was put up an official caption overlay to remind everyone they couldn't vote in SF1

I will say for the BBC - that Scott and Rylan are probably the best match up for the Semi Finals since the move to BBC Three/Four - also the skits & interviews were a bit better than previous years.
Tumble Tower1,287 posts since 13 Apr 2007
HTV West Points West
Today is Thursday 16 May 2019. The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Second Semi-Final takes place at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center), Tel Aviv, Israel tonight, starting at 20:00 BST. The 18 countries taking part tonight, in order of appearance, will be:

Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Azerbaijan.

Each of those countries will be able to vote in tonight's semi-final. Three of the six direct finalists Germany, Italy and United Kingdom will also be able to vote in tonight's semi-final.

The ten highest placed countries, by a combination of jury voting and televoting, will proceed to Saturday night's Grand Final. Those ten qualifying countries will be announced in a random order just before the end of tonight's semi-final; the actual results of all 18 countries will only be revealed to the public after Saturday night's Grand Final is all over. Anyway good luck to tonight's 18 semi-finalists, may the best ten qualify to Saturday night's Grand Final.
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