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Italian broadcaster RAI launches OTT service

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MUMBAI: Italian public broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) has launched its free OTT service called Rai Play. The service will offer 14 live streaming channels from its bouquet - Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3, Rai4, Rai5, RaiNews, RaiSport1, RaiSport2, RaiMovie, Rai Premium, RaiYoyo, RaiGulp, Rai Storia, Rai Scuola.

“We can give Italians an additional service, which includes the ability to watch programmes whenever they want, even those who at that time are not on the air, in addition to other services around content," said RAI general manager Antonio Campo dall’Orto in a statement.

He added, “Rai Play represents a fundamental step forward in the path that is transforming Rai in a media company. People will be free to make use of our content where and when they want. Freedom and universality are two pillars of Rai’s mission, which is to inform and educate."

Rai Play is free to download and is available for live streaming on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer (ver. 10 and above) and iOS, Android and Windows for smartphones and tablets.

RAI operates in several DVB and Satellite television channels and radio stations. It broadcasts via digital terrestrial transmission and from several satellite platforms. Its broadcasts are also received in neighboring countries, including Albania, Croatia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro,San Marino, Slovenia, Vatican City, Switzerland, and Tunisia, and elsewhere on cable and satellite.

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