|Launched||February 6, 2004/June 2, 2014|
|Closed||November 1, 2013/-|
|Owned by||Micri Communication|
|Picture format||4:3 and anamorphic 16:9 SDTV|
|Sister channel(s)||Sportitalia 2
|Digital||DVB-T, LCN 60 and 153, Where available|
|SKY Italia||Channel 225|
|Cablecom||Channel 101 (CH-I)|
Sportitalia 1, formerly Sportitalia, is an Italian terrestrial and satellite television channel owned by Micri Communication, 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.
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.
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 60, 153) with the original name Sportitalia on 2 June 2014 at 20:00 TMEC.
- Programming shared with Sportitalia 2.
- 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
- Primera Division Argentina - Highlights + Some match
- Campeonato Paulista
- Copa Libertadores - Highlights + Some match
- Copa Sudamericana
- Recopa Sudamericana
- Copa América
- Eredivisie - Highlights + Some match
- Ligue 1 - Highlights + Some match (from 2010/2011)
- UEFA Europa League
- European Water Polo Championship
- National Basketball Association
- Portuguese Liga
- Serie B (highlights)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (highlights)
- Motocross World Championship
- CEV Champions League
- Women's CEV Champions League
- Tour de Suisse
- Deutschland Tour
- Spengler Cup
- Jupiler Pro League
- Scottish Premier League
- "NBA TV's International Television Deals". Retrieved 2008-05-07.