|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channels||Rai 1|
|Launched||15 December 1979|
|Former names||Rete 3 (1979-1982)|
Rai Tre (1982–2010)
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 3 (SD)|
Channel 503 (HD)
|MC Cable||Channel 203|
|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 Italia||Channel 103 (SD)|
|Tivùsat||Channel 3 (SD)|
Channel 103 (HD)
|NOVA Greece||Channel 856|
|A1 TV (Austria)||Channel 202 (SD)|
|Telekom Entertain (Germany)||Channel 383 (SD) |
Channel 950 (HD)
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.
In the Aosta Valley, Rai 3 broadcasts some programmes in French, about less than three hours a week.
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, and other shows in Slovene. 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: