Canale Italia is a long established television network which has been operating in one format or another since its original inception in 1976, when it was known as TV Serenissima. It is composed of a grouping of 25 channels each with their own particular flavour and speciality; for example, Canale Italia 4 which has broad general progamming, or Canale Italia 6, which features action films and detective thrillers. Many of the channels available also have a focus on teleshopping, and there are a number of specialised teleshopping channels.
The TV network was initially regional in character, but it has managed year after year to expand its audience base while still staying focused on the Northern regions of Italy: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Frioules , Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.
With such a wide range of channels available to it the Canale Italia network can offer a real spread of different programming options, from the traditional broadcasting options of regular news updates and sports shows, to films and talk shows. There is a particularly strong emphasis on music, with both Canale Italia 161 Cantando Ballando (Italy Channel 161 Singing Dancing ) and Canale Italia Musica (Italian Music Channel) basing their programming around popular music, in addition to a selection of other channels which also put music at the heart of their programming.
Up until now a well kept secret in the North of Italy, Canale Italia is expanding to reach out to Italians and their friends scattered throughout the world.