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Eurovision Insight Podcast: Pack Your Bags For Kyiv Written by on September 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

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Two weeks after the start of the season, and some of the major pieces are coming into focus. The big news is of course the choice of host city and with it the choice of the International Exhibition Centre as our venue. Throw in more dates, submission deadlines, and ticket sales for the National Finals, and the 2016/17 Eurovision Song Contest season is building nicely.

Eurovision Insight Podcast: Pack Your Bags For Kyiv

We have a host city, a venue, and enough countries to run a Song Contest. What else has happened in the last two weeks? Ewan Spence brings you the latest news from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest, and some chill time with Jon Henrik Fjällgren.

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About The Author: Ewan Spence

British Academy (BAFTA) nominated broadcaster and writer Ewan Spence is the voice behind The Unofficial Eurovision Song Contest Podcast and one of the driving forces behind ESC Insight. Having had an online presence since 1994, he is a noted commentator around the intersection of the media, internet, technology, mobility and how it affects us all. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, his work has appeared on the BBC, The Stage, STV, and The Times. You can follow Ewan on Twitter (@ewan) and Facebook (

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2 responses to “Eurovision Insight Podcast: Pack Your Bags For Kyiv”

  1. Eric Graf says:

    Just FYI – Those new 2008 ESC YouTube videos are not HD. It’s just the usual standard definition footage run through an upscaler.

    Thanks to YouTube’s wonky automatic re-encode engine, the higher nominal resolution gets you a much higher bitrate on both the video and the audio (!), resulting in less encoding artifacts. So it might be considered worth doing just because of that. But we aren’t getting any more picture detail from these upscales. Just a whole lot more bits and pixels being used to make the same standard definition image. And a talking point for the EBU promotion department.

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    Thanks Eric! (everyone else, what he said!)

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