Rai 2 is the second most popular channel in the Rai group. Like its big brother Rai 1, Rai 2 is publicly owned and has a general focus. The channel describes itself as providing “the best of contemporary television” and it offers a wide range of programming, ranging from culture to informative content. Entertainment is a major part of the Rai 2 schedule, with unconventional entertainment programs that try to catch the latest developments of our times. Along with entertainment, Rai 2 offers general information, whether that’s in the form of its regular newscast or its information magazine “TG2 Dossier”. It offers regular updates from the Italian political scene via the show TG Parlamento, and also offers a full sporting update on Sundays. Rai 2 also broadcasts major international drama series such as NCIS, Desperate Housewives, Castle and Once Upon a Time. These series are combined with popular reality shows like “The Voice of Italy” or entertainment shows like the adventure game “L’Isola dei famosi” inspired by Robinson Crusoe’s adventures. Other entertainment programs for a general audience include: Al Posto Tuo, Quelli che…, Piazza Grande and Music Farm. For younger viewers, the channel also broadcasts thematic programs as well as cartoons such as Digimon. Rai 2 is distributed free of charge (with the exception of a few programs that are reserved exclusively for Italian viewers) via the Hotbird satellite, and can be received throughout Europe the Mediterranean and the Middle East. If you speak Italian, it’s a great source of entertainment.