The line-up of ItalyÂs free-to-air satellite platform TivÃ¹Sat was announced yesterday, prior to the platformÂs official launch on July 31.
TivÃ¹Sat, jointly owned by public broadcaster Rai, commercial broadcaster Mediaset (with 48.25% each) and Telecom Italia Media (with 3.5%), provides access to RaiÂs three main channels and commercial channels Canal 5, Italia 1, Rete 4 and La7 as well as digital channels including Rai 4, Boing, Rai Gulp, Iris, Rai News 24, Rai Sport PiÃ¹, Rai Storia, Mediashopping, Class News, Sat 2000 and K2-Kids. International channels on the platform include Euronews, France 24, BBC World News, TVE International, Canal 24 Horas, Arte, Deutsche Welle, ZDF and ARD.
TivÃ¹Sat will broadcast via the Eutelsat Hotbird platform at 13Â° East and will be encrypted in Nagravision.
At an event to mark the launch, TivÃ¹Sat president Luca Balestrieni said the platformÂs goal was to reach the 5% of Italian households that would not be able to receive digital-terrestrial TV by 2012. He said that TivÃ¹Sat did not intend to offer pay-TV content in the future.
However, the launch of the platform coincides with the possible withdrawal of RaiÂs pay-TV channels from the line-up of pay-TV platform Sky Italia if the pair fail to strike a carriage renewal deal by the end of this month. Sky is boosting its movie offer with a new channel launch, and has said it will add other channels to its line-up. The pay-TV operator has reportedly offered to pay Rai Â425m for a deal, but Rai has refused.
RaiÂs vice-director general, Giancarlo Leone, said yesterday that there was no link between the launch of TivÃ¹Sat and RaiÂs overall strategy and relations with Sky.Â
ICYMI: UK streaming subs jump by 50% in 2020 digitaltveurope.com/2021/08/05/uk-… https://t.co/5cfyiroE9i
05 August 2021 @ 19:35:00 UTC
CVC buys 10% of LaLiga for €2.7 billion digitaltveurope.com/2021/08/05/cvc… https://t.co/55MtYj5dlW
05 August 2021 @ 18:00:00 UTC
Vevo Pop channel launches on rlaxx TV digitaltveurope.com/2021/08/05/vev… https://t.co/StFaR1zdzi
05 August 2021 @ 17:30:00 UTC