Eurovision: the event with the most valuable web services
EDITORIAL – I always believed that the Eurovision Song Contest should give as many information, interactivity and various services to fans and audience. That was always my request and actually this is why I ended up creating this website. After almost 14 years online things have changed and Eurovision can provide almost everything a fan, a journalist needs.
The official website of www.eurovision.tv was a dream for most of us. It was something we always discussed back in the old days when I and Sietse Bakker (chief editor of esctoday.com back them). The first steps of the website were very vague and many times contradicted with the host broadcasters who launched their own official pages. Everything started to change drastically in 2007 when Mr Bakker and WowWorks took over the job on behalf of the European Broadcasting Union.
A totally modern, interactive and enriched website launched and progressed throughout the years. Besides the stuffy news at the beginning, texting evolved and became more familiar to the Eurofans and less press-release-alike although many negative aspects of each event are not covered as extended as fan sites do (i.e. oikotimes.com). Throughout the years www.eurovision.tv evolved the multimedia services making an example for many broadcasters to follow.
Besides the almost excellent webcast of national selections, something that 10 years ago was impossible for the average eurofan to watch and experience, the speed of providing videos from what’s going on during the event has increased dramatically. The official website can now provide fast videos from first technical rehearsals which are not allowed to be video recorded by the press and media, they launched this year FTP access to download the meet and greet and the press conferences of each participating nation and they evolved the quality of photos available for free for the press.
What else can a media outlet ask? We have www.eurovision.tv for the best coverage and we have www.oikotimes.com for the rest of the gossip behind the scenes! (joking: we have lots of eurovision fan sites who do excellent backstage work like WiWibloggs.com and Esckaz.com). We asked some of our colleagues the following question:
WHY EUROVISION.TV IS VALUABLE FOR THE FANS & FAN SITES?
Fotis Konstantopoulos (oikotimes.com)
Besides the increase of speed in multimedia uploading I have to point out that the Eurovision App is the best ever made for an event. The interactive voting, the live feed and the push notifications made this application since Malmoe, the best Eurovision feature ever made!
Andy Mikheev & Team (esckaz.com)
Every event on a large-scale as Eurovision needs an official website, which should provide not only official routes for documentation, such as regulations, press accreditation etc, but also the latest news of the contest straight from the organization team as well as a forum for fans to discuss the event. In recent years Eurovision.tv has evolved into a resource that increases depth of coverage and speed of delivery of information. It remains the primary recommended resource for people who are interested in the contest. One useful addition on the official site would be a ticker or updated list of the countries confirming their participation in the contest, ending fan sites rumours and so-called “lists of confirmed countries” which are, in some cases, extremely far from reality..
Fabrice Biesbrouck (concours-eurovision.fr)
Year after year, eurovision.tv has become the reference, and as such, the website is precious. Since its contents are interesting (photographs, interviews, information…) it quickly became the main communication tool about the contest. We often browse the website for news, media and we then translate them into French for our viewers. Each site has its own audience (fans, gays…) and spread eurovision.tv news its own way. Eurovision.tv is the common denominator of all websites.