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.
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
Bad news for most UK viewers, used to having France 24 news ( in French) .
Sky has stopped broadcasting the French language version of France 24 although the English version is still on.
From the France 24 website:
So from next year 2019 it will only be on OTT ( iptv ) so unless you have a suitable (Vision) Android box or smart tv it won’t be available for you.
Also TV5 monde – Sky channel 717, ended 30th November 2018
and Virgin will stop in January.
Extract from Sky Forum 30thNov2018:
Why tv5 monde has disappeared ? No access anymore to channel 717 (french channel tv5 monde), All my scheduled recording from this channel have disappeared as well. Now we have message “channel unavailable”,
Does it mean we don t have this channel anymore ?
Thanks to let me know
The solution – easy, I can supply and fit a Free-to-Air satellite system that receive both TV5monde and France24 in French OR Fransat, TNT to receiver ALL the main French channels TF1, France 2,3,4,5,M6,Arte……etc
Welcome to french channels.co.uk If you would like to see whats happening at home in France, I can supply and fit TNT, Fransat, BIS and Canal+ equipment, anywhere in England Wales or Scotland
Fransat and TNT are the most popular French services , now easily available in great quality HD over satellite. No buffering problems like iptv, always available and not a huge dish.
In fact , if you already have Sky uk or Freesat, the French TNT service can be added so that both are on the same dish. See One Dish Post
Don’t forget, you can have Fransat in more than one room, in fact you can now add a NAS network drive to your multi-room , giving you the option to for example , record from the lounge and playback that recording in the bedroom. For more details see my full article
A question often asked is “I have Sky UK and I would like French tv but I would prefer just one dish ( or I am not allowed more than one dish )
Well if you go for TNT the service from Astra 1 satellite, then its easy, even if your Sky service is the latest SkyQ , I can provide a dish that does both.
To order or Inquire, please use the Quote Button in the sidebar and mention “one dish” in the comments/requirements box
Suite à une mise à jour vous avez perdu les signaux de votre décodeur TN5000HD. Afin de pouvoir récupérer la personnalisation et par conséquent les signaux, merci d’allumer décodeur et téléviseur, et rester sur la chaine 7 ARTE durant 30 minutes.
Merci de nous excuser pour la gêne occasionnée.
If you currently have BeIN sport with your Fransat pack, it is important to upgrade your software NOW! This should be done before the end of April 2018.
The request email from Fransat reads:
In order to fight even more efficiently against piracy, beIN Sport decided to pair cards to receivers or CAMS, while upgrading to high secure CW64bits.
By the end of april 2018, we’ll have to confirm the Chipset ID of the equipment used with the smart card. This information has to come along the brand and model of the receiver or module.
The Chipset can be found on the backside of the modules (Neotion & Smit), or for fransat receivers, by consulting the corresponding menu.
How to get the chipset_id ?
1. If you have a Viaccess Secure (Neotion or SMIT) module, the chipset number can be found on the back label
2. If you have a FRANSAT receiver, the information is usually in the menu “information on the receiver” or “Via Eutelsat” or “smart card, then identification STB”
Please reply directly to this email and complete the 3 following fields:
S/N beIN SPORTS
After 18 months of talks to agree fees, between TF1 and Canal+ , a stalemate has been reached and Canal+ will now cease to carry ie broadcast the TF1 channel.
TNT sat and Canalsat are both affected, so don’t worry, your receiver and card is not at fault.
In a press release Canal+ announced “it was terminating the distribution of the TF1 group’s channels because it could not reach a commercial agreement with the group, whose “unreasonable and unfounded financial requirements”
The TF1 group includes the channels TF1, TMC, TFX, TF1 Séries Films, LCI and their associated services, so expect that these channels will not be back on air until an agreement is reached.
Previously the TF1 group provided the services free, but now want to charge a fee. Canal plus is refusing to pay their fees and it has sued the TF1 Group before the Paris Commercial Court to contest its claims. In 2017 it filed an appeal with the Conseil d’État against the CSA’s decision to simplify the renewal of the TF1 agreement that the latter had announced its intention to change its method of financing.
TF1 is accused of abusing its power, it was granted the national frequencies and number one slot in French tv public domain and extensions for all its other channels. Plus as it enjoys these benefits and has regulatory advantages specific to free channels re the broadcasting of big sporting events for example the Football world cup. Canal Plus are contending that it is the viewers who will suffer under this unreasonable demand.
Update 9th March:
The French ministry of culture has demanded that Canal+ resume its distribution of TF1 by TNT satellite as there are at least one and a half million French households which can only view the channel by satellite.
Viewers in France who receive via aerial ( terrestrial ) meanwhile have seen TF1 move from its regular no1 channel to number 51 as standby frequencies are brought in to fill demand while the broadcasters fight it out.
The process of updating the encryption used on the standard Fransat HD cards comes to an end in December, it has been in progress since May.
You may be faced with a blank screen now or soon, the process of updating the cards has actually been going on since may 2017.
For newer cards ( 05 type or 06 type ) all that is required is to take it out and re-insert, the process will then automatically update it and viewing usually starts soon after.
For older ( 04 type ) cards , you will have to purchase a new card, as these are now incompatible with the changes.
To check it, enter your card number in the popup on the home page of the Fransat official website
Unfortunately the Fransat website or French Dealers are not allowed to sell out of French territory. For my own customers – please email me after applying the above test. CLICK THIS LINK TO GO TO FRANSAT.FR