|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
|Sister channels||Rai 1|
Rai News 24
|Launched||15 December 1979|
|Former names||Rete 3 (1979–1982)|
Rai Tre (1982–2010)
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 103 (HD)|
Channel 503 (SD)
Rai 3 (formerly Rete 3) is an Italian free-to-air television channel owned and operated by state-owned public broadcaster RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana. 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: