Watch French Channels in the UK

 Since Nov 2016 all the main French channels have been encrypted. There are no longer many  free channels, with the exception of a few on Eutelsat 9a. So the only real options are to purchase one of the French receivers with a card. However TNT and Fransat are not subscription based, so after the initial purchase of dish and receiver, there is no ongoing cost (** see Costs below )

France has had its main channels TF1,France 2 to 5, M6 and others available by TNT, Fransat and BIS for quite a few years now.  These 3 options are easy to arrange in the UK.  The channels shown below are present on all the 3 main services TNT, Fransat and BIS. TNT and Fransat are VERY similar, only the regional channels are different.

Canalplus , the subscription service, also offers these channels, along with documentaries, sport and films, but unless you have a French bank account and address, it would be almost impossible to arrange a Canal+ account. These have to be installed with a Canal+ official box  ( le Cube) and card, which are rented, not purchased. Things are changing though, Czech, Dutch and Spanish main channels which once were similarly difficult to obtain, can now be purchased with any  card or bank account. Canal+ has had a bad 2018 losing the rights to broadcast French football, it dropped the Motorsport channel in August and its iptv service Canalplay losing customers to Netflix.

CanalSat which has been available for many years, as an addon to the standard TNT box and card, is still going although it too is undergoing changes.

Costs

 The price of installing TNT and Fransat are similar, but TNT cards are valid only for four years whereas Fransat cards are permanent, so is effectively a one-off payment. Beware uk sellers making a killing on the sale of TNT cards! Always compare prices. £45 for all my previous customers, but some online sellers are charging £80 plus.

BIS has several packages, with 12 month cards costing between £100 and £250 per year approx. Bis can also be arranged with BeIN sport ( France ) subscription added.

Each of the 3 main services are broadcast from a different satellite:

  • Fransat – Eutelsat 5w ( formerly Atlantic bird 3 ) 
  • TNT , Canalplus  &  Canalsat – Astra 1 
  • BIS – Hotbird & Eutelsat 5w

This can be an advantage in difficult circumstances, if for example one satellite is blocked by trees or a tall building.

If you are considering French plus another service perhaps French+German or French+ UK Freesat, I can supply the correct fully compatible receiver, cam and card, for this. The cams do work, but ONLY in full spec ci+ boxes.  Recent changes on the Fransat platform have added 2 Basque channels and 3 Berber channels.

Subtitles – Sous Titres

All the 3 French services provide sub-titles ( French ) , they can be switched on and off from the main menu. Recordings made from the box with an HDD, will have the subtitles available and can be selected during playback.  The popular TV5monde on the Hotbird satellite does carry English subtitles on most broadcasts.

EPG (  Programme Guide)

On TNT and Fransat boxes a simple now and next Electronic Programme Guide is available. The full 7 day EPG is not possible except on the Canal Plus system.

What receiver will I get with this package? 

A TNT receiver, with a card. Card is valid for 4 years.

Notes: Choose Fransat if you want the RMC sports addon. Choose TNT if you also want the German and Spanish free channels.

Single lnb, 65cm coated steel dish from Triax or Technomate,  with tm1 or similar good lnb, with low noise and high gain. This combination gives good signal strength in most uk areas.

TNT and Fransat Channels have  the same Core main channels.

Note: the Fransat card does not expire, so Fransat is effectively a one-off payment.

Fransat includes the  regional Vosges , the 3 Berber (Morocco) channels. The Eitb Basque channels are only available on application with Basque address 

What receiver will I get with this package? 

A Fransat receiver, with a card. Note: Choose Fransat if you want the RMC sports addon

Single lnb, 65cm coated steel dish from Triax or Technomate,  with tm1 or similar good lnb, with low noise and high gain. This combination gives good signal strength in most uk areas.

Attention Sports Fans!

RMC sports HD channel 1 &2 are now available on any Fransat card.

  • ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
  • EUROPA LEAGUE
  • RUGBY
  • FORMULA ONE

Subscriptions – without commitment

You can subscribe for 1,3 or 12 months

Watch on TV or Mobile / laptop with app

 See RMC Sports page

Single lnb, 65cm coated steel dish from Triax or Technomate,  with tm1 or similar good lnb, with low noise and high gain. This combination gives good signal strength in most uk areas.

What receiver will I get with the BIS packages?  The reliable and versatile Technisat single tuner receiver with BIS ( viacess secure ) cam ensures reliable updates – since 2016 many older receivers with embedded viacess firmware fail to update the card properly

What receiver will I get with this package?  The reliable and versatile Amiko 265, the latest in the HD mini series from Amiko.

For these channels I recommend the 80cm dish for 3 satellites

Not only the free French but also German, Hungarian, Polish, Italian and Arabic channels available

If you want to combine French channels package  with channels in another language, eg English Freesat ,  French or German, you can choose a motorised dish or a multi satellite dish . The Many of the receivers in my Reviews including  the Amiko HD are  capable of multi-satellite tuning.

Motorised 1m dish can receive any satellite from 30 degrees west to 42 east, in most places.

Multi satellite Wide angle dish with up to 4 or 5 satellites on a Toroidal dish with 40 degree spread

Multi sat ( up to 4 or 5 satellites ) on a standard Parabolic dish – 20 degree spread

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MULTI-SAT DISHES  

What receiver will I get with the combined package?  The reliable and versatile Technisat single tuner receiver with Fransat cam will enable combinations of French Channels with : 

German, UK, Spanish,  Italian, Hungarian, Arabic and many more

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