Sports broadcast include soccer, basketball, tennis, cycling, volley, motorists sports, rugby, wrestling; information about other sports (winter sports, badminton, boxing, golf, surf, skate, swimming, boating, canoe/Kayak, American football, baseball, and cricket) is also provided.
It is broadcast FTA on DTT in Italy channel 60 on Mux DFree, in HD in HbbTV mode and streaming. August 1°,2020 Sportitalia 1,2 and 24 return of DTT in Italy in national free on-air gratis in Mux Dfree.
The channel's origins stem after the decision of the Italian Competition Authority, an Italian organism that checks positions of privileges at the favor of a firm, to subordinate the creation of SKY Italia to the transfer of the frequencies of the two analog codified channels possessed by Tele+, Tele+Bianco, and Tele+Nero.
The financier Tarak Ben Ammar bought the frequencies in collaboration with the satellite channel Eurosport. The frequencies became of property at 51% of the Holland Coordinator and Service, Tarak Ben Ammar's firm, and at 49% of the TF1 Group, principal commercial French TV channel, which also owns Eurosport. Subsequently, in 2004 Tarak Ben Ammar successfully lobbied the then Italian Communications Minister Maurizio Gasparri for a decree allowing him to convert the concessions from crypted TV to free TV: here, then, Sportitalia.
Seen the excellent share of the first 18 months of the channel, other two DTT channels were created: Si Live 24, an all-sports news channels 24 hours a day, and Si Solo Calcio, an all soccer channel (both channels transmits some matches of "Serie B", the Italian Second Division, in exclusive, free with the DTT technology); Si Live 24 became first Sportitalia 24 and now Sportitalia 2, and Si Solo Calcio ended its transmissions.
Starting from 6 January 2006 Sportitalia entered in SKY Italia platform and from 16 May 2006 stopped the analog transmissions.