Real Time
Broadcast areaSub-Saharan Africa (in English)
English (African version only)
Picture format1080i HDTV
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channels(Warner Bros. Discovery Italy)
Food Network
Motor Trend
Warner TV
(Warner Bros. Discovery Africa)
Discovery Channel
Animal Planet
Eurosport 1
Eurosport 2
Discovery Family
Investigation Discovery
Travel Channel
Food Network
LaunchedOctober 1, 2005
ClosedDecember 1, 2020; (+1 channel)
Former namesDiscovery Real Time (2005–2010)
DigitalChannel 31 (HD)
GOtv (Sub-Saharan Africa)Channel 12 (African version)
DStv (Sub-Saharan Africa)Channel 155 (African version)
Zuku TV (Kenya)Channel 102 (African version)
Streaming media
Discovery+Real Time HD (Italian version)

Real Time (Discovery Real Time until August 31, 2010) is an Italian television channel owned by Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA.

The channel launched on October 1, 2005, becoming the sixth Discovery network to launch in Italy. It showed lifestyle programmes targeting a female upper-class audience of 25- to 44-year-olds. It features both foreign programmes and Italian programmes produced for the channel.[2][3]

On April 7, 2009, the channel adopted a new logo and a new look. This look had previously been adopted by Discovery Real Time France.[4]

After becoming the most viewed non-fiction entertainment channel on the Sky Italia platform, on September 1, 2010, it changed its name to "Real Time", and became available both on digital terrestrial and via free-to-air satellite, also joining the Tivùsat platform.

On November 8, 2010, the +1 version of the channel was born and from February 1, 2012, it also broadcasts in high definition.

On March 13, 2019, definitively closes the SD version on the satellite.

From April 9 Real Time, together with the other free channels of the group, is also available in HD streaming on the Dplay platform.

From March 1, 2019, on Tivùsat, the "HD" and "+1" versions replace the SD version, therefore they become visible to LCN 31 and 131 respectively.

On December 1, 2020, Real Time +1 was shut down.

The channel broadcasts both foreign programmes and a few original Italian productions. Most acquired programmes were originally produced for the American TLC or the British Channel 4.

Original programs

Imported programs


African version

In 2018, An English version which took its content from TLC alongside other Discovery brands with the same styling as the Italian version was also made available in South Africa from 3 September through MultiChoice's DStv and a year later across Africa. The channel is also available to StarTimes and Canal+ Afrique within the region.[5] Real Time is now on Zuku TV channel 102 replacing Fine Living on channel 710 in January 2021.


  1. ^ "License Details for Discovery Real Time (Italy)". Archived from the original on January 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "Arriva Discovery Real Time, e parla alle donne". Pubblicità Italia. September 15, 2005.
  3. ^ "Il lancio di Discovery Real Time". Millecanali. October 2005. Archived from the original on December 24, 2005.
  4. ^ "Nuovo look per Discovery Real Time". Pubblicità Italia. March 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "What to expect from Discovery's new Real Time channel | Real Time | TVSA".