Infobox TV channel
name= Sportitalia
logofile= Sportitalia logo.jpg
launch= February 6, 2004
country= flagcountry|Italy
owner= Holland Coordinator & Service Company (51%)
TF1 Group (49%) [cite web | url= | title = La prima tv tematica Arriva Sport Italia | accessdate = 2008-07-28]
sister names= Sportitalia 24
web= []
terr serv 1= Digital
terr chan 1= DVB-T, only in Italy
sat serv 1= SKY Italia
sat chan 1= Channel 225
adsl serv 1= Alice Home TV
adsl chan 1= Channel 225
adsl serv 2= Tiscali TV
adsl chan 2= Channel ???
cable serv 1=Cablecom
cable chan 1= Channel 101
cable serv 2=Naxoo
cable chan 2= Channel 192

Sportitalia is an Italian satellite and DTT TV Channel specialized in sport transmission 24 hours a day. Sports broadcast include soccer, basketball, tennis, cycling, volley, motoristic sports, rugby, wrestling; informations 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 Bv, 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); now, Si Live 24 become Sportitalia 24, 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.

From 01:00 AM to 07:00 AM (CET) Sportitalia simulcast NBA TV every nights. [cite web | url= | title = NBA TV’s International Television Deals | accessdate = 2008-05-07]

External links

* [ Official Site] it icon
* [ NBA on Sportitalia] it icon
* [ Sportitalia] on YouTube


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