Where Can I Watch the Eurovision Song Contest in the US?

So much of the magic that makes the Eurovision Song Contest a sight to behold is the live broadcast of the competition. Eurovision features dancers, video screens, pyrotechnics, bizarre props, the occasional hologram, and 4% of the world’s glittery confetti supply. If you are in the United States, here’s how you can watch Eurovision and see what Europe is up to these days.

Watch on Television

Currently no network holds the rights to air the Eurovision Song Contest in the US. Logo used to air the Contest, but low ratings and Logo not really being a thing since Drag Race moved to VH1 kept Viacom from renewing their contract. It is unlikely any network will pick up the rights for the 2019 Contest.

Watch via Streaming

A livestream of both semi-finals and the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be available on Eurovision’s YouTube channel. This has been geoblocked for viewers in the United States since 2016. Despite not airing on US television, the YouTube geoblock is still in place.1

Here are some workarounds if you want to watch either of the semi-finals:

  • Access a virtual private network (VPN) with servers in a European country. If you use a password manager service, one of the features may include VPN access.
  • Follow hashtags on Twitter such as #Eurovision, #ESC2019, #DareToDream and use your imagination from what folks are describing (not recommended).
  • Watch a livestream provided by one of the participating countries.

That third option is probably your best bet. Here’s a list of the broadcasters participating this year:

CountryBroadcasterWeb Stream
AlbaniaRTSHYes!
ArmeniaAMPTVYes!
AustraliaSBSGeoblocked
AustriaORFYes!
Azerbaijanİctimai TVNo stream
BelarusBTRCYes!
BelgiumRTBFGeoblocked
CroatiaHRTLogin Required / May be Geoblocked
CyprusCYBCYes?
Czech RepublicČTYes?
DenmarkDRYes!
EstoniaERRGeoblocked
FinlandYLEYes!
SF1
FranceFT
GeorgiaGPBYes?
GermanyARD/NDRYes!
GreeceERTYes?
HungaryMTVAYes!
IcelandRÚVYes! In English!
IrelandRTÉGeoblocked
IsraelKANGeoblocked
ItalyRAINot airing SF1
SF2?
Grand Final?
LatviaLTVGeoblocked
LithuaniaLRTGeoblocked
MaltaPBSYes!
MoldovaTRMYes?
MontenegroRTCGYes—low quality
NetherlandsAVROTROSYes! Via BVN
North MacedoniaMKRTV
NorwayNRKGeoblocked
PolandTVPGeoblocked
PortugalRTPGeoblocked
RomaniaTVRGeoblocked
RussiaRTRGeoblocked
San MarinoSMRTVYes!
SerbiaRTS
SloveniaRTVSLOYes!
SpainRTVE
SwedenSVTYes!
SwitzerlandSRG/SSRGeoblocked
United KingdomBBCGeoblocked
Deutsche Welle+ (German)Some US cable/satellite systemsShrug Emoji

 

We strongly recommend Sweden’s feed. Their app offers the highest quality video, a stable connection, and plays nicely with Chromecast or AppleTV. Also, Sweden treats Eurovision with the same reverence as a papal conclave, so the commentators won’t be chatty or distracting. The broadcasts are also available for viewing after the live show if you need to watch a performance again (and again and again) or if your schedule doesn’t allow for watching during the day.2

Watch at a Viewing Party

Eurovision is best enjoyed as a communal experience—it’s much more fun to scream “what is happening?!” in a room full of other people expressing the same thought.

If you aren’t up for hosting your own Eurovision party or you don’t have the means to watch the show, there may be a bar or cultural center near you hosting their own event. If you know of such a place, hit up our email or one of the social media channels below.

Last update: Wednesday, April 17. Event times are local to the venue city.
VenueCityAddressPhone NumberWebsiteTime
Atlantic Bar and Grill (Hosted by Irish Community Services)Chicago, IL5062 N. Lincoln AveTickets2:00 PM
DANK Haus German American Cultural CenterChicago, IL4740 N Western Avenue(773) 561-9181Website
Facebook event
1:00 PM
Elixir Lounge - BoystownChicago, IL3452 Halsted773-975-92442:00 PM
Globe PubChicago, IL1934 W Irving Park773-871-3757Website2:00 PM
Mary's AtticChicago, IL5400 N. Clark Street (Above Hamburger Mary's)(773) 784-6969Website2:00 PM
R Public HouseChicago, IL1508 W Jarvis(872) 208-7916Website2:00 PM
Sidetrack the Video BarChicago, IL3349 N Halsted(773) 477-9189Website2:00 PM
AKBARLos Angeles, CA4356 W Sunset Blvd(323) 665-6810Website11:00 AM
Piggy BankMinneapolis, MN2841 Hennepin Ave S(612) 383-2455Website Facebook Event1:00 PM
Cabaret MadoMontreal, Quebec1115 Ste-Catherine Est+1 514-525-7566Website2:30 PM
Hardware BarNew York, NY697 10th Ave(212) 924-9885Website
Facebook event
3:00 PM
Hibernia BarNew York, NY401 W 50th Street(212) 969-9703Website12:00 PM
Rise BarNew York, NY859 9th Ave(646) 892-3313Website2:00 PM
AFI Silver Theater (Hosted by JxJ)Silver Spring, MD8633 Colesville RdTickets2:30 PM
Paupers PubToronto, Ontario539 Bloor Street West+1 416-530-1331Website1:00 PM
18th & U Duplex DinerWashington, DC2004 18th Street NW(202) 265-7828Website
Fundraiser for Asylum Seeker Assistance Project
2:30 PM
Across the Pond Restaurant & PubWashington, DC1732 Connecticut Ave, NW(202) 232-4800Website3:00 PM
Number NineWashington, DC1435 P St NW(202) 986-0999Website3:00 PM
Wunder GartenWashington, DC1101 First St, NEWebsite3:00 PM
Revolver Video Bar (Hosted by A Wider Bridge)West Hollywood, CA8851 Santa Monica Blvd310-694-0430Website10:00 AM
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