TS News - RaiSat 1 Launched

TELE-satellit News, 31 October 1997

RaiSat 1 Launched
  ROME, Italy, 97/10/31 (TS) -- RAI's third thematic satellite channel
devoted to culture and entertainment programs, RaiSat 3, went on air
October 27th. This channel, together with the previously launched RaiSat 2
and 3 is broadcast in digital MPEG-2 and un-scrambled via the EUTELSAT HOT
BIRD 2 satellite. Initially, RaiSat 1 will broadcast 6 hours a day and the
programs will be repeated 4 times a day. The program schedule will be made
up of programs devoted to music, theatre, cinema, literature, and poetry.
Some days will be reserved for specific programs - Wednesdays for movies,
Saturdays for art programming (in cooperation with the Franco-German
channel Arte) and Sundays for history programs (in cooperation with the
U.S. based The History Channel). The director of the channel, which is
based in Torino, is Paolo Giaccio.

  At the launch, the president of RAI, Enzo Siciliano underlined the
importance that RAI has given to the launch of new digital channels. The
director of RaiSat, Carlo Sartori said that the RaiSat channels are the
first step in the imminent process of convergence between TV and computers
and on-line multimedia. He also presented new device, which will for less
than 100 DM enable viewers to receive the 3 digital channels as normal
terrestrial channels, with no need for buying a decoder.

  By: Branislav Pekic
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