Today, those who want to listen to Italian radio in broadcasting have two possibilities: the first is to use individual radio applications, but it is a “fragmented” option, and the second is to download Radioplayer, an application also available via a browser (web application) that brings together all Italian radios. Radioplayer is a product of Player Editori Radio srl, a company representing national and local Italian radio: Publishers They managed to come to an agreement and produced something beneficial for everyonesimple but much more immediate than having dozens and dozens of different applications, each with user registration and thus with personal data transmission (and listening).
Unfortunately the same It didn’t happen with Italian TVToday there is no official app that allows you to view most public broadcasters while broadcasting from a computer, tablet or smartphone by grouping different publishers and Allow easy passage from one channel to another.
There are individual applications, but as in the case of radios, this means doubling the access points making it impossible to get off the ground. It also means more data is released to broadcasters and a worse user experience.
How to group public TV channels into a playlist
Many times we have talked negatively about IPTV, it is often associated with services that illegally resell channels in order to access paid TV at low prices, but in this specific case of public and free TV, IPTV comes in handy.
In fact, not everyone knows that RAI channels, in high definition, have a public address on the Internet and can be seen using applications such as VLC and the excellent IINA for macOS. The same also applies to other channels, such as La7 or Sky channels.
There is nothing illegal: the streams are public and not protected, they just have to be found. Some users have thought about it, such as the manager of this repository on GitHub, IPTV-Italy, who created a file containing the list of channels and the definition of broadcasters.
To use it just download an IPTV player like IINA, open the “url” with the channels inside and the channel list, with the names, is automatically added.
The file is “https://jurijnota.github.io/iptv-italy/iptv-italy.m3u” and contains all Rai channels with Cielo, TV8 and Paramount Network. Mediaset channels are not currently working.
What is inside the “m3u” file?
This file is a simple playlist in a universal format, and inside it you can find all references to the public addresses of IPTV streams of Italian broadcasters.
For example, La7 is not in the repository on GitHub, but to add it, just download the file locally, add the line below, and then open it with the launcher.
#EXTINF: -1 tvg-chno="7" tvg-name="La 7" , La 7 https://d15umi5iaezxgx.cloudfront.net/LA7/CLN/HLS-B/Live_1280x720_.m3u8
On some internet pages, for example this page, there are suggestions to be able to see some streams that require a unique session identifier. However, this is not required to watch Rai or La7 channels.
For whom is this? Certainly not for those who already have a TV, where TV can be seen via antenna or satellite, but for those who work in front of a computer and Wants to keep a window open in the background to hear the news or listen to a talk show. The solution could actually be very convenient.
Watching live TV via a PC client can also be used to push TV broadcasters to do what radio broadcasters did: Rai, Mediaset, and La7 continue to focus on the wrong horse, first MHP and then HbbTV, which almost no one knows and which is of little use.
They also continue to offer their apps, which can be good in the case of VOD content to which ads should be added, But it does not correspond to linear channels, Which already contains ads and can be viewed through one common, easy-to-use and cross-platform app.