Rai 3 (until May 2010 known as Rai Tre) is an Italian free-to-air television channel owned by State broadcaster RAI. It was launched on 15 December 1979 and its programming is centred towards cultural and regional programming. It has always been considered the most left-leaning channel of Italian public television; its direct competitor to Mediaset's Rete 4.

Rai 3
Rai 3 - Logo 2016.svg
HeadquartersRome, Italy
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Sister channelsRai 1
Rai 2
Rai 4
Rai 5
Rai Gulp
Rai Movie
Rai News24
Rai Premium
Rai Scuola
Rai Sport
Rai Storia
Rai Yoyo
Rai Ladinia
Rai Südtirol
Rai Italia
Launched15 December 1979; 41 years ago (1979-12-15)
Former namesRete 3 (1979-1982)
Rai Tre (1982–2010)
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 503 (HD)
MC CableChannel 203
CablecomChannel 95
Channel 204
NumericableChannel 78
Ziggo (Netherlands)TV Italiana Ziggo App Channel 4
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 868 (SD)
Nowo (Portugal)Channel 79
Hot Bird 13°E (Europe, Middle East & North Africa)10992 V 27500 2/3 (SD)
Sky ItaliaChannel 103 (SD)
TivùsatChannel 3 (SD)
Channel 103 (HD)
NOVA GreeceChannel 856
A1 TV (Austria)Channel 202 (SD)
Telekom Entertain (Germany)Channel 383 (SD)
Channel 950 (HD)
Streaming media
RaiPlayLive streaming

Foreign language programmingEdit

In the Aosta Valley, Rai 3 broadcasts some programmes in French language, about less than three hours a week.[1]

In the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, Rai Sudtirol timeshares broadcast hours with Rai 3 when not broadcasting..

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 shows in Slovene.[2][3] In accordance with a bilateral cooperation agreement between Italy and Slovenia, Slovene-language shows produced by Rai 3 Bis are also aired on the Slovenian regional television channel TV Koper-Capodistria and on State-owned TV Slovenija 2.


A few shows include:


  1. ^ [1] (in Italian and French)
  2. ^ Rai Furlanija Julijska Krajina (in Slovene)
  3. ^ [2] (in Italian)

Further readingEdit

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

External linksEdit