Sportitalia

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Sportitalia 1
Sportitalia.jpg
Launched February 6, 2004
Closed November 1, 2013
Owned by LT Multimedia
Picture format 4:3 and anamorphic 16:9 SDTV
Country  Italy
Sister channel(s) Sportitalia 2
Sportitalia 24
Website sportitalia.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Digital DVB-T, LCN 60, Where available
Satellite
SKY Italia Channel 225
Cable
Cablecom Channel 101 (CH-I)
Naxoo Channel 192
IPTV
Alice Home TV Channel 225
TV di FASTWEB Channel 97

Sportitalia 1, formerly Sportitalia, is an Italian terrestrial and satellite television channel owned by LT Multimedia, specialized in sports broadcasting 24 hours a day. Sports broadcast include soccer, basketball, tennis, cycling, volley, motoristic sports, rugby, wrestling; information about other sports (winter sports, boxe, golf, surf, skate, swimming, boating, canoe/Kayak, American football, baseball and cricket) is also provided.

It is broadcast FTA on DTT in Italy channel 153 on Mux Tivuitalia, a company of Screen Service group and on Mux TIMB 2, a company of Telecom Italia Media group. It was also available on SKY Italia and on IPTV.

Story[edit]

The channel's origins stem after the decision of the "Autorità garante della concorrenza e del mercato", an Italian organism that checks positions of privileges at favour of a firm, to subordinate the creation of SKY Italia to the transfer of the frequencies of the two analogue codified channels possessed by Tele+, Tele+Bianco and Tele+Nero.

The financier Tarak Ben Ammar bought the frequencies in collaboration with the satellite channel Eurosport. The frequencies became of property at 51% of the Holland Coordinator and Service, Tarak Ben Ammar's firm, and at 49% of the TF1 Group, principal commercial French TV channel, which also owns Eurosport. Subsequently, in 2004 Tarak Ben Ammar successfully lobbied the then Italian Communications Minister Maurizio Gasparri for a decree allowing him to convert the concessions from crypted TV to free TV: here, then, Sportitalia.

Seen the excellent share of the first 18 months of the channel, other two DTT channels were created: Si Live 24, an all sports news channels 24 hours a day, and Si Solo Calcio, an all soccer channel (both channels transmits some matches of "Serie B", the Italian Second Division, in exclusive, free with the DTT technology); Si Live 24 became first Sportitalia 24 and now Sportitalia 2, and Si Solo Calcio ended its transmissions.

Starting from 6 January 2006 Sportitalia entered in SKY Italia platform and from 16 May 2006 stopped the analogue transmissions.

From 01:00 AM to 07:00 AM (CET) Sportitalia simulcast NBA TV every nights. [1]

Sportitalia 1, along wits its sister channels, went off the air on 1 November 2013 at 00:00 TMEC; broadcasts were resumed as one single channel (LCN 153) with the original name Sportitalia on 2 June 2014 at 20:00 TMEC.

Programming[edit]

Programming shared with Sportitalia 2.

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