Rai 3

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Rai 3
Rai 3 - Logo 2016.svg
Launched 15 December 1979
Owned by Rai
Picture format 576i (PAL) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 7.08% (May 2014, [1])
Country Italy
Language Italian
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Formerly called Rete 3 (1979-1982)
Rai Tre (1982–2010)
Website rai.it/rai3
Digital Channel 3 (SD)
Channel 503 (HD)
Digital Digital Network until the end of the core content of channels available via satellite TV service is available DVB-S (scrambled in Mediaguard during some events) on Hotbird, Astra and Atlantic Bird
Sky Italia Channel 103
NOVA Greece Channel 856
MC Cable Channel 203
Cablecom Channel 95
Channel 204 (digital CH-D)
Numericable Channel 78
Ziggo TV Italiana Ziggo App
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Channel 868 (SD)
A1 TV (Austria) Channel 103 (SD) Channel 300 (city hall)
Telekom Entertain (Germany) Channel 383 (SD) Channel 950 (HD)
Streaming media
RaiPlay Live streaming
Logo used from 2000–2010

Rai 3 is part of Rai, the Italian government broadcasting agency, which owns other channels, such as Rai 1 and Rai 2 (amongst others). Rai 3 first started transmissions on 15 December 1979. It has always been considered the most left-leaning channel of Italian public television.

Rai 3 HD[edit]

The channel was due to start a HDTV simulcast by September 2013, as confirmed by Rai Director-General Luigi Gubitosi. The HD Channel began in September 2016.

Foreign language programming[edit]

In the Aosta Valley, Rai 3 broadcasts some programmes in French language, albeit only less than three hours a week.[2]

In the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, Rai Sudtirol has an own channel which on the rest of the day Rai 3 is broadcast on (Rai 3 is also available 24 hours a day in Italian however).

In Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Rai 3 Bis (TDD Furlanija Julijska Krajina) is a separate channel which broadcast daily from 18:40 with a half-hour daily newscast in Slovene language, and other educational and other programs in Slovene.[3][4] In accordance with a bilateral cooperation agreement between Italy and Slovenia, Slovene language programs produced by Rai 3 Bis are also shown on the Slovenian regional television channel TV Koper-Capodistria and on the second national channel (TV Slovenija 2) of state-owned Slovene broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija.


A few shows include:


  1. ^ "Sintesi Mensile di Trieste la radiotelevisvi é Sintesi Mensile 1A" (PDF). Auditel. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ [1] (in Italian and French)
  3. ^ Rai Furlanija Julijska Krajina (in Slovene)
  4. ^ [2] (in Italian)

Further reading[edit]

  • Delio De Martino, Per una storia di Raitre. Premessa di Raffaele Nigro, Bari, Levante Editori, 2009, ISBN 978-88-7949-531-8.

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