In the Italian part of Switzerland, the TV
offer is horrible to say the least. Except for the national public TV
channels (TSI1 and TSI2) which make good news coverage and some nice, commercial-free TV
series, there's basically no other choice.
We have the same channels which can be viewed in Italy:
- RAI1 / RAI2 / RAI3, the Italian public channels
- Canale 5 / Italia 1 / Rete 4, the main Italian private channels
The public channels show stuff nobody wants, and their target must be a 70+ aged audience.
The private channels mainly do those stupid reality shows where some kids dance in a competition, then everyone cries because they were so good at it, but they miss their parents or they broke up with someone, or some other tragedy. Oh, then there are comedians doing the same gags over and over. It was fun 10 years ago, but not anymore.
If they don't do this, they show movies - even good, new ones - but you get 8 minutes of commercials every 20 minutes. Unbearable.
Then there are about 100 channels doing online shopping all day long with no programs showing whatsoever (I wonder how they manage to stay in business).
Finally, yes, there's pay TV
". With Sky you get hundreds of channels, of which several dozens are actually very nice. But guess what? It's satellite only (no cable or IPTV
) and you can't legally get it in Switzerland. You have to "smuggle" a set top box and a subscription from Italy, and to do this, you need someone to act as a "proxy" in Italy to pay the subscription.
Ergo: I only watch our national TV
channels, buy DVDs, or download whatever I want to watch. Or I watch TV
in other languages - for example, in German I can get the (almost) entire TV
offer there is in Germany, and they have dozens of interesting free-to-air channels, even on cable or IPTV