Netflix buys rights to screen 2019 Eurovision from Tel Aviv
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Netflix buys rights to screen 2019 Eurovision from Tel Aviv

Media service picks up US VOD rights to the three telecasts from Israel as well as those from next year’s contest in the Netherlands

Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, center, celebrates after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, May 18, 2019. He is flanked (from left) by the four Israeli hosts: Assi Azar, Lucy Ayoub, Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Duncan Laurence of the Netherlands, center, celebrates after winning the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final with the song "Arcade" in Tel Aviv, May 18, 2019. He is flanked (from left) by the four Israeli hosts: Assi Azar, Lucy Ayoub, Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

JTA — The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv in May, can now be seen on Netflix.

Netflix picked up the US VOD rights to the three 2019 telecasts from Israel – two semifinals and the finals, Deadline Hollywood reported. The rights to the 2020 semifinals and finals, scheduled to be held in the Netherlands, home of the 2019 winning country, also were picked up by Netflix.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv was won by Netherlands with the song “Arcade,” performed by Duncan Laurence.

The Netflix acquisition comes as it currently has in production a Eurovision comedy feature, starring and co-written by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams and directed by David Dobkin.

Eurovision is the world’s largest non-sporting live TV event and the most watched live entertainment program in Europe, attracting nearly 200 million television viewers worldwide annually.

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