• France counts down to analogue sat TV switchoff

    France counts down to analogue sat TV switchoff

    Alex Lane - Tue, 27/09/2011 - 3:24pm Analogue transmissions of French TV on Atlantic Bird 3 will cease on November 29.
    The shutdown coincides with analogue switchoff for terrestrial TV across the whole of France.
    The affected channels on AB3 at 5 degrees West are TF1, France 2 and 3, Canal+, France 5, Arte and M6, which broadcast in Secam across Europe and the Middle East.
    French free-to-air satellite TV viewers will now have to use either a TNTSat receiver with an Astra 1, 19.2E dish, or a Fransat receiver with an AB3, 5W dish.
    Both types of receiver come with a viewing card and can be imported or bought direct from UK retailers.
    TNTsat is now received in three million French homes, while Fransat has sold more than 800,000 receivers. Both packages offer high definition TV versions of TF1, France 2, Arte and M6, plus a 19 digital terrestrial TV channels, France 3's regional variations and several local TV channels.
    They're also available as part of the CanalSat pay-TV service.