Eutelsat completes Rai HD channel line-up for TivùSat

Satellite operator Eutelsat has begun broadcasting an additional five channels in HD from public broadcaster Rai for the TivùSat Italian free-to-air satellite platform. The addition of Rai YoYo, Rai School, Rai Gulp, Rai Storia and Rai News24 means that all 13 Rai channels are now available in HD. The launch of the services was completed […]

Italy’s Rai launches streaming service

Rai has launched Rai Play, its free OTT service, which offers live streams of a range of its channels. Launching the service this week, the Italian pubcaster said it has been working on Rai Play for over a year. It will offer live streaming of all of Rai’s main services including Rai 1, Rai 2, […]

Ziggo adds Italian package

Liberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to add an Italian package to its Horizon advanced TV service. The TV Italiano package will include Rai Uno, Rai Due, Ri Tre, Rai Storia , Rai News 24 and Mediaset Italia. The move follows agreements signed with pubcaster Rai and commercial broadcaster Mediaset for the launch of […]

Rai teams up with Eutelsat to offer Euro2016 in UHD

Italian public broadcaster Rai is using Eutelsat to deliver Ultra HD coverage of premium sport via the Tivùsat platform. Seven matches of the Euro 2016 championship will be offered to Italian TV homes receiving Tivùsat, the free-to-view platform distributed by satellite from Eutelsat’s Hot Bird platform. The initiative marks Rai’s most ambitious foray into UHD […]

RAI plots SVoD Netflix rival

Italian public broadcaster RAI is planning to create an online pay TV platform that can rival new SVoD market entrant Netflix. According to various local reports, new RAI director general Antonio Campo Dall’Orto will ask the Italian government for permission to create an SVoD-style platform that will be phased in over the next five years. […]

Mediaset audience share slips following Sky withdrawal

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s audience share has slipped by a reported 1.56% since its channels were removed from the Sky platform after the pair failed to strike a deal acceptable to both parties. Mediaset’s flagship network Italia 1 suffered the most from removal, dropping from 5.95% on its last week on Sky to 5.28%. Mediaset immediately […]

TDF and Rai begin LTE-A+ trials

French transmission services provider TDF and Italia public broadcaster Rai this week began trial LTE-A+ mobile TV broadcasts in Paris and Aosta.  The trial is based on a ‘Tower Overlay’ concept developed by the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. US outfit GatesAir is a partner in the project, which is also supported by Expway and […]

Rai completes successful IPO for transmission unit

Italian public broadcaster Rai’s transmission tower subsidiary Rai Way has successfully completed its IPO, with its share price rising significantly after the company began trading. Rai Way set its IPO price last week at €2.95, at the bottom of its initial price range, valuing the company at €802 million. The company said at the time […]

Rai turns away from YouTube

Italian public broadcaster Rai has decided not to renew a deal with YouTube that saw it upload up to 7,000 videos a year to the Google-owned site and permit the uploading of clips by viewers in return for about €700,000 a year, according to local press.  Rai will from now on reserve the right to […]

France Télévisions and the BBC top Eurovision Connect Awards winners

France Télévisions has won the Grand Prix in the Eurovision Connect Awards given by the European Broadcasting Union for promotional activities associated with public broadcasters’ TV output, while the BBC won three of the 10 awards, the largest number taken by a single broadcaster. France 5’s Harassment at School promo took the Grand Prix for […]