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New Fransat Satellite Now in Service

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  

Eutelsat 5w ( OLD Satellite )
Eutelsat 5wB (NEW Satellite )

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.

Faulty Southern Solar Panel Causes big Problems

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.

Fransat Satellite Replacement Launching 2019

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

BIS Card Update for 2019

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.

Fransat Card Updates 2019

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.

It looks like Fransat have decided to go for the same 4 year model as TNT , so in future all cards will need to be renewed on a 4 year basis. 

Cards will be available from us, drop me an email at 

info@satellitetveurope.co.uk

or via our contact form on Frenchchannels.co.uk

Aston Maya gets new Multistream tuners

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
  • BIS
  • Italia

Channels include 

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 and Subtitles

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

Hotbird (13east)

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

No Subtitles

Tuning: 12688  V   DVB-S QPSK 30000 Encrypted (Dolce) Romania

DVB Subs Romanian only

RMC Sports Now on Fransat

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………. 

Spending Cuts mean an end to France Ô and France 4

 

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

 

Sky and Virgin to Cease TV5 monde and French News

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:

Hi

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

https://helpforum.sky.com/t5/Entertainment/internatinal-channel-tv5-monde/td-p/2933682


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

French Channels Available in the UK

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

French And English Satellite tv on ONE dish

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.

Original Sky Dish ( Sky, Sky+ , or SkyQ )

Original Sky Dish ( Sky, Sky+ , or SkyQ )

Replacement dish for UK ( Sky or Freesat ) AND TNT France

Replacement dish for UK ( Sky or Freesat ) AND TNT France

To order or Inquire, please use the Quote Button in the sidebar and mention “one dish” in the comments/requirements box

Humax TN5000 TNT problem solved

This ONLY applies to customers having the popular TNT Humax model, TN5000HD.
 
 
Usually TNT boxes are updated over the satellite without issue, but this time the changes to the card required the Humax team to prepare a special update. The following message on their site explains…
 
 
Chère cliente, Cher client,
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.
 
 
Which translates as follows:
Dear Client
Following an update, you have lost signal to your TN5000HD. In order to retrieve the settings and therefore the signal, please switch on the receiver and the tv, and leave it on channel 7 Arte for 30 minutes
 
My  thanks to Benoit for finding this and letting me know.
 
RECENT CHANNEL UPDATE PROBLEM
 
In June or July 2019 an update left some Humax receivers with incomplete channel lists, mainly TF1 is the channel affected,  to correct this go through the transponder list and update the main 2 frequencies
 
11856  and 12404
 
they need to be symbol rate 29700, S2 ( HD ) modulation 8PSK FEC 2/3
 
Once corrected do a  retune ( Manual ) and your list should be returned to normal. 
 
You can also update the BAT transponders in the system  menu – same outcome.

BeIN Sport Update

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
neotion chipset

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

Chipset ID

Trade mark

Model

TF1 Channel to cease broadcasting on TNT due to break down in fees Agreement

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.

 

 

 

Fransat Cards Change Encryption in December 2017

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