If you can’t be in France with Family this Christmas, enjoy a few Christmas programmes on the telly with a French Satellite Installation! Watch the celebrations” Le Réveillon” mass”, le fête de lumiere”s in Lyon, “La fête des Rois ” in the new year and hope not to meet Père Fouettard !
I can install many different French tv installations, from only £280 depending on channels required and location, email me with your post code for an estimate or for a quote, go to the main website , get your coordinates and tell me your requirements – TF1 + M6 or France 2,3,5,0 Arte, TNT, Fransat or All french channels listed on the French Page
Such is the march of progress…. TNT box manufacturers have decided to stop production of the SD ( Standard Definition ) TNT receivers, to concentrate on HD only.
I have noticed that all orders for the last year have been for HD boxes , in both TNT and Fransat. The trend is also towards recording boxes, or ones which have the ability to connect a recording device directly. USB discs ( the same as can be used on a PC ) , providing they are formatted correctly for the box, can be used to record programmes. Hd channels do take up quite a few hundreds of Mb for a one hour show, so make sure you have a large drive, 500Gb seems to be ideal. The SD french boxes, with one exception did not have this option fitted.
Also , new tvs of course have a multitude of HDMI inputs and very few , usually only one now, scart connections. Scart leads give the older analogue signals, but for top quality, a HDMI lead will give the best performance, being digital, it is not so easily interfered with, can transfer data at high speed and there is no compromise, as there is with composite video , this is the normal standard for video , which has been with us for the last 30+ years, since video recorders!
The only downside, in the demise of the SD box, is that many of my customers ask if the pictures can be taken to a second room , perhaps a bedroom. Unfortunately this means via aerial cable, which requires a modulator, virtually none of the HD equipment have modulators now, so there is now more expense , for an external modulator , if watching on a second set is essential. Another possibility is of course a second HD TNT box, but that will double up the price . No doubt the manufacturers have already thought of that !
This gets around the problem of having to purchase a new receiver just for the main French channels
Update July 2016.
This cam has now been replaced, the current cams do not work in set top boxes
For my customers, purchasing a replacement TNT card after its 4 year period has expired just became a whole lot easier. I can now supply the replacements, at £ 25 incl all charges and postage, simply quote the serial number when emailing me to purchase it.
The new arrangement makes updating simple for customers in the Uk, previously only customers having a French address, could update online, on the TNT website.
As has been reported in the national papers, people refused permission to install satellite dishes because they live in flats or similar accommodation, have new hope now because of the human rights declaration in the EU. In a new document “Human Rights at Home” published by the ECHR European Court of Human Rights, the judgement states that there will be grounds to sue Landlords if they try to stop tenants erecting satellite dishes.
Read the full document here
From the main Canal+ website:-So the CanalPlus channels +Cinema, +Sport, +Family and +Decale ARE available using a Canal Plus card in place of your TNT card , in your TNT receiver BUT signing up for Canal+ is very restricted, you must sign up in France, with a French address.
The Canal Plus channels do show up when tuning in the TNT box ( or any FTA satellite receiver ) so are receiveable anywhere in the Uk.
Number one tip:- at the very least change the LNB, the old one will be well past its sell by date! The old LNB will have a signal to noise ratio well in excess of any new LNB, even the cheapest available now are just a fraction of the noise figure of the ones from a few years ago. Trying to use an old type, can cause problems when you install your new receiver, with high or low frequencies, drifting or even no channels at all. Ideally change the dish too, modern high accuracy dishes need not be as big as the old analogue dishes. This is true of TNT, FranSat and free channels from France, all over the Uk.
Old analogue LNB
Complete installation service
of your new Fransat or TNT box with new dish and LNB available .
New VisioSat TNT 7600 model
For those whose main interest is French, but would also like to view other broadcasts from continental Europe. The 7600 from Visiosat is multi satellite capable and can tune in free channels from Germany, Italy, Spain as well as France
With a dish installed with 2 LNBs , viewers in most of the Uk can now use this box for the main TNT channels. It has a standard Eutelsat DISEQC system, that we can use to make the receiver choose the correct satellite automatically when changing channel.
As well as Italian, German, Spanish, and even Russian and Polish free channels!
The TNT 7600 has a very simple to program Favourite group system, one easy way to separate channels using this , is to save by Language. There are sufficient groups to save Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Uk channels in separate groups.
With a 2 LNB dish, you can expect over 800 free to watch channels in total, from all the countries broadcasting in Europe and the Middle East.
I would like to introduce you to my company Satellite TV Europe which specialises in French and other European language broadcasts. We install dishes and receivers capable of high quality digital pictures from all the main french broadcasters.
If you want just the Free channels, or TNT, BIS or Fransat systems, we have everything in stock including the special TNT and Fransat HD boxes ready to install for you. France broadcasts from 2 main satellites giving TNT or Fransat. There is the third option , most of the major channels TF1, M6, Fr2,Fr3, Fr5 and Arte are available free, without card or special box, the dish though is more complex as it collects signals from up to 4 different satellites to achieve this. One advantage of this “Free Channels” system is that channels from neighbouring Germany, Italy and Spain are also available and make for interesting viewing.
We are mainly asked for free channels but for customers wanting the subscription channels too we have links with a French company which will supply the popular BIS viewing cards for the ‘panorama’ pay per view channels inc. TF1 probably the most popular of channels from France. We can supply the BIS card when ordering a satellite installation, at a great discount compared with our competitors, currently 99 Euros. Now the French freeview channels are available from TNT at a one off price when ordering an installation ( with special TNT receiver ) or from the other French broadcast satellite – Atlantic Bird, from FranSat with the FranSat viewing card and box.
We can install anywhere in the Uk. We would be happy to quote , so please email with your location. I have installed in Bristol, Exeter London, Swansea, Anglesey Edinburgh, Aberdeen and just about everywhere in between!
Satellite TV from Frances main channels is mainly from two satellites – Atlantic Bird 3 situated at 5 degrees West ,and Astra 1 which is at 19 degrees East. There are also French regional channels on other satellites. This means you have plenty of choice of channels and where installation is blocked or difficult there is usually an alternative angle for the dish. For the ultimate choice why not have a special dish capable of receiving all 4 satellites. Our ‘multi satellite′ dish is capable of receiving from a very wide angle.
To see some of the channels available from France by satellite go to main satellite site
For those wanting both Sky and foreign broadcasts you can if you wish combine them using the multi3 dish. So that Sky and the French broadcasts can be received at the same time, maybe in different rooms or fed to a recorder for viewing later.
If you have need for other language broadcasts then a motorised satellite dish is the answer, the ultimate in sheer numbers of channels receivable, a motor system can log in some 5000 channels when installed, of which over half are viewable free ( FTA free to air ) and the others require various subscription cards to view.
To checkout the prices and to order go to the French channels page and click the FRANCE1, FRANCE2,MULTI OR MOTOR buttons
Students of language , Colleges and schools can make use of these services too , we install multi room setups in a number of different formats to suit all needs.
Receivers – for the free French channels our main receivers are the Technomate HD range, which have proved themselves very capable in fixed dish and motorised dish installations, the remote can be operated in two modes FAVourites or SATellite mode. In favourite mode, a user may save a list of favourite channels under his own name eg. Andys Fav. other users may have their own lists. In Satellite mode, the user simply selects the satellite with left/right keys , and channel with the Up /down keys. The receiver will take most major subscriptions cards without an additional CAM unit. For the TNT channels we now have both TNT and Fransat boxes in stock.
Our installer Andrew, always spends some time after installation to make sure the customer is familiar enough with the equipment to navigate to the desired channel and can operate it with any existing equipment like a Sky box, Tv, video or disc recorders and Hi Fi.
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There are now quite a few ways to get French Tv, firstly the free channels , broadcast from 3 satellites , the subscription channels broadcasting on 2 satellites and now TNT, the french ‘freeview’ system broadcasting on Astra 1.
For anyone previously on TPS, the easiest way to update is to purchase the BIS card, the dish can remain in its current position and your current receiver with Viaccess slot should take the new viewing card
New viewers to french tv should have a look at the free channels available on the main satellite web sites
The channels from the BIS card, which is a 12 month subscription are to be found on the same page in a pink background.
Best of all ( in your humble reviewers opinion ) is the TNT and FranSat packages, for a one-off payment, you have most of the same channels as the BIS card but no yearly renewal, TNT are saying the card will be valid for 4 years – quite a bargain! On the downside a special receiver is required, no CAM has yet been made to allow other receivers to be used. There are receivers from Strong, Visiosat and Sagem for normal SD use.
Even better, go for an HD receiver like the Aston and you benefit from the recently introduced HD channels Arte, France2, TF1 and M6.
Now up and running is the new FranSat service. It carries exactly the same channel line up as TNT. Because historically France has had 2 satellites delivering the programming, this second ‘free’ digital broadcast service has been put into operation for the many viewers already having a dish set up for 5 degrees West. Not yet established fully into the commercial centres you may get a few blank looks when you ask for a Fransat set top box! But it will soon be available everywhere in France. Here in the Uk they are still quite expensive compared with the TNT offerings. It would be a good choice for anyone with an obstruction in the way of the TNT 19 degree satellite, as it comes from 5 degrees west.
The last option is to buy a Canal sat ( Canal+) card, lots of subscription channels on this card and quite a price ( approx £850 ) for the year. Also a receiver with CAM slot is required and a Seca3/Nagra3 CAM at about £90 . To add to the complexity of ordering an Official French address is needed before you can subscribe.
If you wish to order or to discuss installation please ring me 07756 482 669 or preferrably email me at email@example.com