It is possible to view many of the Italian TV shows for free. Although RAI blocks direct views on most channels, you can get an amazing number on line from the following web site:
FreeIntgerTV dot com is easy to use.
Go to the web site and choose the types of shows you would like to search for. It can mover many countries, not just italy.
I had no problems using the web site, and it is free.
ONE OTHER ITEM. Fine Living is the international equivalent of HGTV House Hunters Internatikonal. You can find many episodes on YouTube. Search for Fine Living.
Enjoy, RAI and many other channels on the web. What a great way to learn Italian and view some great shows.