Currently the old (Eutelsat 5wA ) and the new (5B ) are in position and work has commenced to transfer transmission over to the new satellite
Commissioning will begin in January and continue for several months.
For most customers in the South of England and Wales no adjustment of decoder, frequency or dish should be necessary. Once in place and transmitting, the transponders will be optimised and reception should continue without interruption.
The new satellite has a different footprint and this was not expected, The problem is due to a fault, on deployment one of the solar panels failed, consequently the power available will only be 45% of the required level. The new satellite will however continue in use and is expected to have its full satellite life-span. Viewers of Fransat in Portugal, Spain and North UK are affected. Details from Telesatellite.com website
As can be clearly seen above the new satellite does not have the same coverage as the old one
If you live above latitude 53.2 ( Sheffield / Manchester /Liverpool, you may have a much reduced signal on Fransat and may require a bigger dish
Customers in Scotland would be advised to change to TNT on Astra 1 satellite.
This change was unexpected and data does not yet exist to determine the exact size of dish that will be required. Please email me for advice before ordering.
What Can be Done if you are Affected?
If you ONLY have Fransat, you can change the dish for a larger one.
If you have a parabolic ( normal standard type ) dish , with multiple lnbs, you may have to go one or two sizes bigger, to regain the signal
If you have the Force Frontier Toroidal dish or Wave Frontier version it will be simpler to change your receiver to TNT.
In Scotland I have yet to test the signal, but it is doubtful whether the new dish size , would be acceptable in a domestic situation, planning permission may also be required.
Scottish borders: Similarly the dish size may be increased .
Change to TNT:
If you currently have JUST Fransat and single lnb Fransat dish – it should be relatively easy to move the dish to receive TNT
If you are using a Technisat receiver and change to a TNT box the process would unfortunately lose the many advantages of that receiver, in terms of easy channel editing. But, picture quality and card costs are very similar once installed.
If you have a Multi-satellite dish which includes Astra 1 ( most of mine do ) then you should easily be able to integrate the new TNT box.
In all cases when replacing Fransat with TNT on a multi-sat dish, the ORDER of the lnb switch ports will need to be changed.
Please email me with full details of your system and i’ll advise and quote for changes.
Canal+ and TF1 group have finally reached agreement, ending the months long blackout of the 5 TNT channels.
The channels parameters have not changed, so they should still be there in your channel list, if not, simply retune.
If you tuned into the FTA free to air channels, provided temporarily by the broadcaster, retune now, to the standard TNT channels.
After the dispute with Canalplus, the TF1 group of channels can now be tuned in on TNT boxes and FTA(free to air) boxes on Astra 1.
I received this information, without explanation on 17th Oct and the details are now confirmed, I am able to tune in my FTA box (Technomate) and receive TF1 channels without a card here in England. The website KingOfSat.net also shows the new frequency on Astra 1, and lists all the TF1 group channels: TF1, TF1 series Films, TMC, TFX and LCI as ‘clear’ (of encryption) .
Details of the New TP (frequency)
The TF1 channels are on a new frequency, so tuning is necessary to receive the channels on your box
- Polarity Vertical
- TP 11376 MHz
- Symbol Rate 22000
How to tune in
|Strong, Thomson Menu 》Installation 》Installation manuelle 》Choisir le Transpondeur 11376/V/22000 》scan TP (touche verte)Les chaînes de TF1 se trouvent en fin de liste principale|
|SagemMenu 》Installation 》OK 》Recherche de chaines 》Installation par transpondeur 》 Modifier la fréquence et saisir 11376, entrer 22000 pour le débit symbole et modifier la modulation en DVBS2 》OK Les chaînes de TF1 se trouvent à la fin de la liste principale|
|CahorsMenu 》Installation 》Manuelle 》Choisir TP 11376 V 22000 》Scan bouquet (touche rouge)Les chaînes de TF1 se trouvent en fin de liste principale|
Whether this is a permanent or temporary fix, is unknown, I will post any further info here as I receive it.
App – MyTF1.
For anyone unable to tune their TNT box, there is a free App called MyTF1, which is currently showing all the TF1 group channels free.
Streaming Website – TF1.fr
For €2.99 / month you can stream all the TF1 group channels directly on the website. Currently 1 month free.
What’s it all about? Why have several major channels been blacked out on the TNT satellite service since the beginning of September this year, across France and the UK. It is a dispute between the broadcaster Canal+ and Channel TF1, which is demanding increased fees for its programming.
Canal Plus warned that it would no longer carry TF1 channels after they announced that they would “fundamentally review” their commercial demands. The TF1 group of channels affected are some of the most popular viewing for many French people across France and the UK:
TF1, TFX, TF1 Series Films, TMC and LCI.
Over 2 million viewers are affected, who receive the channels by satellite, those using the terrestrial service or the satellite Fransat are unaffected.
In the resulting Paris Commercial court battle it is reported that Canal Plus said that TF1 had asked for “very substantial remuneration” for it’s free-to-air channels: TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films and LCI, however the court ruled on 22nd September that Canal+ did not have to comply with their demands.
Canal+ stated that they would resume broadcasting on TNTsat as soon as TF1 allows them to do so, at no cost, as per previous agreement.
TF1 has suffered its second significant blow in the space of a week, with the Paris Commercial Court ruling against it and the M6 – TF1 merger plans resulting in failure.
TF1 group is appealing the court’s decision, meanwhile, the viewers wait!
TF1 has denied OTT operator Molotov’s claim to have agreed the distribution of the commercial broadcaster’s free channels in its premium pay-TV tier following Molotov’s January 7 legal defeat in its battle to carry on making the services available free of charge to its users.
The verdict of the January 7th battle between TF1 and Molotov TV has been in TF1’s favour. It follows Molotov’s recent December 2021 failure against M6 in another legal battle.
Although claiming to have agreed on the distribution of the main French channels on the Molotov TV iptv network, the Paris Courts of Justice have denied them the right to do so.
As it had been broadcasting the TF1 Group’s channels since July 2019 without authorization. Molotov was ordered to pay €8.5 million in fines. Further, it has been ordered to stop the relay of TF1 programmes in their unencrypted form.
With M6, Molotov appears to have added the channel to its pay-tv list.
TF1’s other channels Ushuaia TV, Histoire TV, and TV Breizh have been put into ‘pending’ following the decision of the courts.
-information from Digital TV Europe
Yes its changeover time yet again. If you get a message on screen saying …
Then check with Fransat to see if it has expired, go to CARD CHECK
Note : Jan 2022, PC7 is the new card type
Currently I can supply old customers @ £60 and new customers @ £80
Please give your installation invoice number. IF you no longer have the invoice just email me.
Fransat, for reasons of maintaining security from piracy and broadcasting rights, use a system requiring a change of card every 4 years. In this way they can change the electronics of the card used and integrate the latest secure methods.
Its just a pity that the French do not simply adopt an FTA (free to air) policy like UK Freesat, Germany, Turkey and others, where the signals are unencrypted, equipment costs are minimized and legitimate viewers from those countries living abroad can see their programmes without jumping through so many hoops.
French Channels with UHD 4k
The following are established 4k channels running programmes ( rather than demo channels )
Europe’s UHD Channels
There is a slow movement towards 4k TV throughout Europe. Italy has RAI 4k, Germany has several channels
- UHD 1
- Pro 7 UHD Austria
- RTL UHD
- Sky Sport Bundesliga
- Sky Sport
- QVC and QVC2
- SES demo
Since 4k Tvs appeared in the High Street stores, around 2017, HD has been slipping down in market share, 4k has been gaining and by 2019 passed the 50% mark (in Germany passed the 75% ) of all new TV sales.
Picture quality attracts viewers, many Netflix customers go for the premium HD content, for example. Advertisers follow the same trend, quality allows them to sell more goods. And so the cycle goes around.
The retention rate of customers is also higher, so broadcasters that adopt the new 4k systems early, get better customers and higher advertising rates.
World First 8k TV network
NHK the Japanese company became the first to launch the experimental 8k channel back in 2017, on the Eutelsat 12w satellite. For the tech readers they use DVB s2x modulation in 16APSK and HEVC encoding.
The resolution is 7680 pixels over 4320 lines !! with 10 billion colour depth !!
Normally , with a single LNB dish, the default “Quick Install” in the Installation menu of any TNT box, is all that is required.
I have been asked a few times , what to do if your TNT box ( potentially any dedicated service box ) is connected to a multi satellite dish, via a diseqc switch ( LNB switch )
If the LNB for Astra 1 19.2 east satellite , is connected to the port 1 ( sometimes marked A or AA on diseqc 1.1 type switches ) then it will work as usual
If the Astra 1 satellite is on port 2,3,4 ( any other port than 1 ) then simply set it up first in the antenna settings
These instructions are for the Strong SRT 7404 , a very popular box, but will apply equally to all TNT boxes.
Strong TNT 7404 HD
Select Switch Type then “DiSEqC 1.0” or “Tone Burst” according to your switch type
Select Switch Input then “Port 2, 3 or 4” depending on the switch port through which you receive Astra 19.2
Save by pressing the “red” button on the remote control, then exit the menu to begin your search for TNTSAT channels
Select “Quick Install”
Press the “red” button on the remote control to start the search. Once completed, the SRT7404 will start on ch 1.
Tuning on the new range of receivers, Strong 7406
Strong TNT 7406 HD
Easy to use, complete with card, will record if USB disc is connected, will connect to old ( scart ) or new ( HDMI) type tvs. Even has IR extension lead so the box can be hidden away if required and the IR Infra Red remote control will still operate.
Standard TNT Channel list: TF1: TF1, TFX, TF1 films series, CanalPlus: Canal+ ( en clair ), Cstar, Cnews, France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, France Ô, Arte, M6, C8, W9, Monte Carlo, NRJ12, LCP, BFM, Gulli, L’equipe, 23, RMC Decouverte, Cherie 25, 6Ter, LCI , FranceInfo, All the regional France3 channels. Plus : i24, RT France, France24, CCTV, TV5monde Europe, TV5 France Belgique Suisse, M6 Boutique, EuroNews Almost all channels are now HD
However, when using this receiver for multi-satellite, the recent changes in the software of the box will prevent some channels from being viewed.
In particular, the Italian main channels, RAI 1 , 2 and 3 which are FTA (free to air) will not show.
Some German channels will be affected, but fortunately not the main ZDF and ARD channels
The Spanish free channels TVE and TVE news are unaffected.
A few Freesat channels, from the UK, though most remain ok.
In general, if your FTA channel shares a TP ( frequency ) with any Encrypted channel, it will not be viewable.
The latest Eutelsat satellite, built by Airbus Defence and Northrop Grumman, has been delivered on schedule to the launch site at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
This is to be the awaited replacement Eutelsat 5 west B for the current Fransat satellite (A)
On top of providing France’s second national coverage of tv by satellite, besides Astra 1 with TNT and Canal+ , Eutelsat 5wB will be assisting sat-nav app performance with its EGNOS system – linked with GPS and Galileo.
Other TV on the Eutelsat satellite, includes the Italian channels, currently free to air , for users with multi-stream capable tuners.
The satellite is due to come into service in Jan 2020 and has 35 transponders, which will become active over several months
In order to make sure that any BIS subscriber can now get access to the service they paid for, it is now compulsory to provide, along with the smart card number, the brand and model of the receiver or CAM being used . The activation or renewal will be confirmed only with the compatible equipment listed below:
– For those using Fransat licenced products, refer to the list of Fransat payTV compliant products below
ALDEN SATMATIC HD ASTON XENA hd TWIN CONNECT ASTON MAYA CONNECT HD ASTON MAYA HD TWIN CONNECT ASTON MEOSAT HD CONNECT ASTRELL 013143 ASTRELL 013143.3 CAHORS TVS 7800 HD2 CAHORS VEOX HD CAHORS VEOX 2VA CGV E-SAT HD W3 CGV E-SAT HD W4 DIGIHOME DSF300 HD DIGITRONIC DF650 HD ENGEL RS1020 ESSENTIEL B SIMPLY HD CONNECT FREESAT TSF8600 HDU FUJIONKYO F8600 HD FUJIONKYO F8700 HD HUMAX FR1000 HD IDHD IDHD CONNECT LENSON LD2400 HD LENSON LD2500 HD LENSON LD2520 HD LISTO F-155 HD METRONIC TERBOX HD CONNECT 441666 METRONIC TERBOX HD 441667 METRONIC TERBOX 3 HD 441664 PHILIPS DSR 3031F PHILIPS DSR 3331 F CONNECt SEDEA SF4100 HD SEDEA SF4200 HD SERVIMAT SIRIUS HD SERVIMAT TSF8600 HDU SERVIMAT VIAGGIO HD STARCOM 9947 HD STARCOM 9985 HD CONNECT STRONG SRT 7405 HD TECHWOOD TK25FHD01B TECHWOOD TK30FHD02B TECSAT TFH9700 HD PVR TECSAT TFH9900 HD TELEFUNKEN TSF HD 2300 B TELEFUNKEN TSF HD 3000 B THOMSON THS805 HD TRIAX THC 1000 TRIAX THR 7500 HD TRIAX THR 7600 TRIAX THR 7610 WISI OR06 HD WISI OR07 HD
These Ci modules are fully compatible:
CGV E.MOD 1.3 ESSENTIEL B MINI-DECODEUR SIMPLY HD
NEOTION MODULE NOUVELLE GéNéRATION CI plus 1.3
METRONIC CAMSAT HD 441652
SEDEA MODULE CI plus 1.3
The White cards ( BOM) will no longer be available and have been replaced with prepaid cards, which can only be activated online, again please provide ALL necessary equipment details when activating these.
All Fransat Customers...
Please check your Fransat Card now! If you have the latest card PC6 no action is required. If you have the PC5 Card you need to update to the latest version PC6 before 15th April or you will not be able to view your Fransat channels.
The reason for the update is to bring all decoders up to date with the latest Viaccess Secure encryption type VO (Orca). After 15th April support for the old encryption “viaccess” will be switched off.
The serial numbers of the cards that need to be changed are between
333 53 XX XXX and 333 58 XX XXX. ( X is any number )
The cards expiring clearly state the issue PC5 also the old encryption type “Viaccess” , is now updated with “VO or Viaccess Orca” encryption, on the PC6 cards , which has been better able to stop the card hackers.
Yesterday I installed the latest version of the twin tuner Fransat box from Aston – the Maya twin connect. Surprise surprise ! The new box has the multistream tuners fitted and the Italian channels from Eutelsat came through just fine. I did the quick tune procedure straight out of the box and the Italian channels were available in the bouquet list.
- Fransat HD
Rai 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Rai Sport, Rai Scuola, Rai Storia
Rai Gulp, Rai Yoyo, Rai Premium
Rai News, Rai 3 regional channels
Rete 4, Canale 5 and many more….
For a complete list of the Italian multistream channels, broadcast without encryption – kingofsat.net
TV5 Monde has undergone many recent changes. I am frequently asked about the subtitles available, now that Sky and Virgin no longer supply these popular channels. TV5 monde Europe and TV5 monde France Belgique Suisse ARE available on other satellites quite easily. Here is my guide to whats on each satellite:
HD /SD High Def/Standard Def. subtitles are either the usual DVB type or the older Teletext block characters marked TXT
Astra 1 (19.2east)
Tuning 11538 V 22000 SD free to air
DVB Subs French, English, German, Spanish, Russian, Romanian
TXT subs French, English
Tuning : 12129 V DVB-S2 8PSK 29700 HD free to air
DVB Subs: French only
Tuning: 11137H 27500 sd free to air
DVB Subs French, English, German, Spanish, Russian, Romanian
TXT subs French, English
*** 2020 UPDATE !! ***
TV5 MONDE is longer available on Hotbird please switch to Astra.
Eutelsat (9 east)
Tuning : 12092 H dVB-S2 8PSK 27500 free to air
DVB French only
Eutelsat (5 west) FRANSAT
Tuning : 10971 V DVB-S2 8PSK 29950 Fransat encrypted
DVB French only
Hellas 3 (39 east)
Tuning: 12241 H DVB-S2 QPSK 13381 HD free to air
Tuning: 12688 V DVB-S QPSK 30000 Encrypted (Dolce) Romania
DVB Subs Romanian only
RMC is now live on Fransat, easy to activate and no contract.
You can buy just one month, try it out and purchase 1,3 or 12 months if you like it. Super Sports bundle, English Premier League, Champions League, French Ligue, Bundesliga, Formula One, tennis……….
Economies of 190 million Euros by the end of 2022 have been set for French Public broadcasting. The cuts, fall mainly on France Televisions (160 million Euro) The first victims will be The Overseas Channel France Ô currently on Channel 27 and France 4 which will be removed from the TNT line up, during 2019.
Younger viewers are moving to online video and web based entertainment, the focus groups report , headed by The Minister of Culture Françoise Nyssen who presented the plan back in July this year, its first tracks to reform the public broadcasting, including the strengthening of regional programs or the switchover of France 4 into an all digital format.
The Overseas France Ô channels programming will be concentrated on the other main channels and France Televisions will maintain a budget of 10 million Euros for their overseas co- productions