is a cable network created in 1958 thanks to an alliance
between RAI and SIP (the Italian National Telephone
the time of its first transmission, on January 4th 1959,
Filodiffusione was using telephone lines to broadcast
three already operating Radio Channels, and two specifically
created channels (IV and V), specializing respectively
in popular and classical music (broadcasting now 24
hours a day.)
V "Auditorium" broadcasts Classical Music
and owes much of its uniqueness in the fact that it
has access to the RAI Historical Archives, which are
a treasure of thousands of recordings of Chamber Music,
Orchestral and Operatic works.
"Filodiffusione" can be heard not only through
the Telecom Network using a special decoder (reaching
about two million listeners daily), but also through
the satellite Hot Bird II, 13° East, (11.804,200
Mhz, polar. Y vertical)
The V Channel can also be heard on FM, in the italian
cities of Turin ( 101.80 Mhz), Milan ( 102.20 MHZ )
Rome ( 100.30 Mhz) and Naples ( 103.9 Mhz ).
you can listen to Filodiffusione on this Web site (using
Real Audio and Windows Media Player).
by Fabiana Biasini,