Italian TV Channels
In Italy, just like in the U.S., you can find TV channels for news, sports, women's programs, home shopping, sitcoms, dramas, music, food, movies and more. Italian television is dominated by six main state-owned stations, and Italia 1, Canale 5 and Rete 4, which are privately owned.
Here's a list of Italian TV channels online, many with streaming video.
Rai 1, Rai 2 and Rai 3, the three main state-owned television channels are three of the six main television stations.
Mediaset includes Canale 5, Italia 1 and Rete 4, the three main privately owned channels, and the other three of the main six television stations. All the main programming you would expect are on these six channels, including new movies and hot TV shows.
Sky Italia, the Italian branch of Sky TV. You can watch all their programs live, or just record and view what you wish directly from the channel.
La 7 is on-demand video, with access to many (mostly second-rate) shows.
Odeon TV – known somewhat as the underdog in Italian TV. It's been around for a long time but has never been number one, although most Italians will know it. Every now and then a hit show is featured on it.
A list of the most watched Italian videos on YouTube. Updated daily. This is a great source for keeping up with what's going on in the country.
Comedy Central Italy. This is an American company, but its Italian branch shows only Italian comedy with original Italian material.
The video channel of RTL, one of the main music radio stations of Italy (see our list of radio stations).
MTV Italia. Another branch of an American company which features solely Italian content and Italian deejays, although many of the songs are international.
Deejay TV. This is the television station of one of the hippest radio stations in Italy. Used to only be a livecam of the deejays, but now competes with MTV Italia.
As the name suggests, dance music. This is very popular with the younger crowd. The channel doesn't feature much besides constant music.
A channel dedicated entirely to upcoming movies. These are all advertisements for future movies, or movies soon to be shown on TV. All American movie previews are dubbed.
The Sky movie channel. It features 400 exclusives per year, and is one of the only places to find foreign movies in the original language, since most of Italy shows their foreign movies dubbed.
Local TV Channels
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