English (African version only)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
|Owner||Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA|
|Launched||October 1, 2005|
|Closed||December 1, 2020; (+1 channel)|
|Former names||Discovery Real Time (2005–2010)|
|Digital||Channel 31 (HD)|
|GOtv (Sub-Saharan Africa)||Channel 12 (African version)|
|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.
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.
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.
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. Real Time is now on Zuku TV channel 102 replacing Fine Living on channel 710 in January 2021.