The 58th annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Malmo, Sweden in May. The Contest is one of the world’s longest-running tv shows, and, with 100 million viewers tuning in, it is also one of the most watched. Each country in the competition submits a song, and then votes on the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular one. This year’s winner was Denmark with Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops.” Despite placing 23rd (out of 26), France had perhaps the most impressive social TV showing of the competing countries. France Télévisions - the official broadcaster of the Eurovision in France – offered viewers an immersive second screen experience to enhance a final event that lasted 3-plus hours.
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One of the most popular dramas on TV right now is Downton Abbey, the British show that has reinvigorated the possibilities of a period piece. We’ve covered the success this show has had both in the U.S. airing on PBS and across 100 countries where the show has been purchased to air. The third season of the show, taking place post World War I in the roaring 20s, just aired its sixth episode in the UK this Sunday. How can viewers in the U.S. and outside of the UK expect to wait to watch the new season? For over a decade TV fans around the world have been accessing their favorite TV content as they choose. Now, with a global social web it’s no longer acceptable to let the current business models destroy TV for fans. Here are the problems facing the global TV market. Read more