SAT-ITALY - EDITION 43/97 - November 21th 1997 -
Italian Satellite and Media news edited by Branislav Pekic
ITALIAN BISHOPS CHANNEL TO START NEXT YEAR
The Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) has announced that the start of their
new religious satellite channel has been delayed till January 1st 1998 (the
original start-up date was to have been November 30th). The delay has been
caused by the sudden breakdown in negotiations with the Italian pay-TV
network Telepiù that had initially offered digital satellite capacity for
the new channel. It seems that CEI has already reached an agreement with
RAI, which means that the new religious TV channel will join RAI's digital
package on the EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 2 satellite.
The religious channel which is yet to get a name, will transmit 6 days a
week, in the morning hours as well as evenings from 17:00-22:30 hours. The
program schedule will be made up of religious programs such as a quiz
program on Christianity called "Torneo Veritas", a documentary program
called "Cine parrocchia" about the activities of the Italian dioceses, and
a round-table discussion called "Il confronto" in which a current affairs
issue will be examined in detail. There will also be a daily half-hour news
program devoted mainly to social and political news.
It is not yet clear if there will be any advertising on the channel. The
artistic director, Pupi Avati recently declared in an interview to the
magazine "Familia Cristiana" that the budget is 10,000 DM per one hour of
- Le trasmissioni della nascente TV satellitare della Conferenza Episcopale
Italiana (CEI) slitteranno di un mese per l'improvvisa rottura delle
trattative con Telepiù che avrebbe dovuto fornire un canale satellitare. Al
posto di Telepiù, la CEI ha raggiunto un accordo con la RAI e la nuova TV
religiosa dovrà partire il 1 gennaio 1998.
I programmi verranno trasmessi il mattino e la sera dalle 17:00 alle 22:30.
Il palinsesto della TV dei vescovi sarà costituita dal "Torneo Veritas", un
quiz sul cristianesimo, "Cine Parocchia", un concorso cinematografico sul
miglior documentario girato in parrocchia, inchieste, telegiornali e
ITALIAN TV VIA THE INTERNET
The first Italian Internet-only television channel has recently made its
debut. The program schedule of Rag Doll Television is made up of
entertainment programs, concerts and other original material produced
especially for this new medium.
The company behind this project, Rag Doll, was founded in 1989 by Francesco
Verdinelli and Roberta Lerici. It was responsible for the first broadcast
of a theatre performance via Internet two years ago. Rag Doll Television
currently can be watched in two different ways - live or by choosing from a
menu of programs. The technical mode of transmission is as follows:
programs are transmitted in a very advanced system of data compression
called streaming which enables the instantaneous vision of images, instead
of waiting for them to download which has been the case with other
The channel is already announcing a special version of Dante's "Inferno"
during December which will be interpreted by actors from Italy, the United
Kingdom and Australia, all linked together via Internet.
The site of Rag Doll Television is as follows: http://www.ragdoll.it
- La prima rete TV italiana e approdata su Internet. Il palinsesto di Rag
Doll Television è fatto di concerti, spettacoli e altri programmi prodotti
apposta per essere trasmessi su Internet. Questa rete inovativa offre due
differenti modi di navigazione - in diretta oppure scegliendo tra diversi
programmi dal menu. I programmi di Rag Doll Television sono trasmessi
grazie a un avanzato sistema di compressione dei dati chiamato streaming,
che consente di vedere subito le immagini invece di aspettare di scaricare
i relativi file.
ROME CANDIDATE TO HOST GNSS
The Italian capital Rome has officially announced that it will be one of
the candidates for the ATM (Air Traffic Management) Center for the new
European Intermodular Satellite Agency called GNSS. Rome's bid is backed by
several leading aerospace companies such as Nuova Telespazio, ESA, Alenia
Spazio, Alenia Difesa, Elettronica and Vitrociset. The new agency will be
in charge of the operation of a fleet of satellites providing global
navigation services for the European continent. The satellites will
substitute radar stations and control towers since they will be able to
control the position of airplanes. This system can be upgraded to be used
also for controlling the movements of cars, ships and trains.
The Italians have already chosen a location, which could host the downlink
and uplink stations - Tiburtina Valley located just outside Rome. Already
more than 50 million DM has been pledged for the project by the Italian
government, but it is expected that the total volume of investments will
reach 3,000 million-DM.
Other countries that have put forward are Spain, Germany, France and the
United Kingdom. The EU in Brussels will decide on the host nation by the
middle of next year and the global navigation system will become operative
at the beginning of the year 2000.
- L'Italia parteciperà alla gara per ospitare la centro ATM (Air Traffic
Managment) della Agenzia satellitare intermodale europea (GNSS). Il nuovo
centro gestirà la navigazione globale via satellite di tutto il continente.
Grazie a questa tecnologia sarà possibile controllare gli spostamenti degli
aerei (anche automobili, navi e treni) interamente via satellite. La sede
prescelta è Tiburtina Valley a Roma.
La EU a Bruxelles deciderà a chi sarà affidato il centro entro la metà del
prossimo anno. L'Italia deve competere con Francia, Regno Unito, Spagna e
TV LICENSE FEE TO RISE
The Italian Senate has started discussion on the new budget for 1998, which
among other provisions is set to increase the TV license fee. Article
number 16 states that the license fee is set to increase taking in account
inflation figures, necessary investments and technological innovations,
among other things.
This in fact means that, one of the reasons for the increase is the need to
finance RAI's new digital TV channels of which three are currently
broadcasting and 3 more are to start during 1998. In 1997, RAI invested
around 30 million-DM for the launch of the RaiSat channels and during 1998,
RAI is expected to invest 20 million DM of its own resources plus an
additional amount which is to come from the license fee revenues. However,
the radio license fee which amounted to around 3,5 DM will be abolished,
which is no surprise since very few Italians actually paid for it.
- Il Senato ha cominciato la discussione sulla Finanziaria. Un emendamento
del governo all'articolo 16 dispone che Ği canoni Rai sono rideterminati a
partire dal 1998 tenendo conto del tasso programmato di inflazione, della
produttività aziendale, degli investimenti, dell'innovazione tecnologica e
degli oneri impostiğ. I cosidetti investimenti riguardano infatti il
finanziamento dei nuovi canali digitali RAI In questo anno, la RAI ha
finanziato con 30 miliardi di lire il lancio di RaiSat 1, 2 e 3; nel '98,
dei 53 miliardi previsti la Rai investirà risorse proprie solo fino a 20
miliardi, il resto dovrebbe essere coperto dal canone.
NEWS IN BRIEF
- In the past week, due to technical problems RAI International was
temporarily off the air on the EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 1 satellite.
- The Italian private TV channel Canale 5 which is transmitted in clear
MPEG-2 via the EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 2 satellite (frequency 11,919 GHz/Ver) has
started transmitting some of its programs in stereo mode.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS ON RAI TV CHANNELS FOR WEEK NOVEMBER 23-29
(All times Central European)
RAI UNO, 20:50h - Mio padre e innocente - Part I (Italy), starring: Massimo
Dapporto, Desiree Becker
RAI DUE, 20:50h - Super Mario Bros (USA-1993), starring: Bob Hoskins,
RAI UNO, 20:50h - Mio padre e innocente - Part II (Italy), starring:
Massimo Dapporto, Desiree Becker
RAI DUE, 20:50h - If these walls could talk (USA-1996), starring: Sissy
Spacek, Demi Moore, Cher
RAI DUE, 00:35h - Pete Kelly's blues (USA-1955), starring: Janet Leigh
RAI UNO, 20:50h - Journey of the heart (USA-1997), starring: Cybill
Shepherd, Blake Heron
RAI DUE, 00:35h - Le mele marce (Spain/USA-1973), starring: Peter Fonda,
RAI TRE, 20:50h - Terminal velocity (USA-1994), starring: Charlie Sheen,
RAI DUE, 20:50h - Ed McBain's 87th precinct: Ice (USA-1996), starring: Dale
Midkiff, Joe Pantoliano
RAI UNO, 00:35h - Bianca (Italy-1983), starring: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante
RAI DUE, 00:50h - Killer instinct (USA-1994), starring: Robert Patrick,
Note: All movies transmitted in the prime time slot are subtitled on RAI's
teletext pages 777 (Italian) and 778 (English)
RAI DUE, 19:00h - Basketball (men): Italian league, Kinder
RAI UNO, 20:40h - Football: UEFA Cup, Strasbourg-Inter Milan
RAI UNO, 22:35h - Football: UEFA Cup, Rapid Vienna-Lazio
RAI TRE, 15:40h - Basketball: European Championship qualifiers, Italy-Letonia
RAI TRE, 16:30h - Volleyball (women): Italian Cup, Medinex Reggio
Calabria-Big Power Ravenna
RAI TRE, 16:50h - Basketball: European Championship qualifiers, Italy-Czech
RAI TRE, 17:30h - Volleyball (men): Italian league, Sisley Treviso-Casa Modena
RAI TRE, 00:05h - Boxing: European title fight in the welter category,
Michele Piccirillo-Geoff McCreesh
RAI UNO, 23:00h - Opera: Giuseppe Verdi's Aida - from the Scala in Milano
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