There are 2 mainstream options to obtain digital French television
(TNT) in France/Europe. Roof top Aerial or better still Satellite.
Terrestrial TNT broadcasting via Aerial can be hit and miss depending
on your location and obstacles between you and the transmitter.
If you have a good picture at the moment chances are you can upgrade
to digital TV. If your television does not have a built in TNT
tuner (All new Flat screen have these TNT tuners built in) you
can purchase a set top box.
The best solution is TNTSAT this is a commercial proposition
from Canal Satellite, the pay TV operator in France and backed
by Astra. The 18 channels include the main national channels,
TF1, France2, France3, Arté and M6. You can choose your
own local France3 region when you install the receiver.
The 18 TNT channels are transmitted on Astra1 satellite located
at 19° East. (This is not the same satellite used by Sky,
BBC, ITV etc.) The service is encrypted and you will need a special
receiver along with a viewing card. The receivers will have the
TNTSAT logo and the card is supplied with the box. There is no
subscription to pay.
The TNTSAT receivers will only receive the TNTSAT channels and
other free to air channels from Astra1 only.
Depending on your location in France it is possible
to use a single dish with 2 LNB's located at different angles
that will allow Astra1 and Astra2 (FR & UK) to be seen at
the same time without the dish having to be repositioned. However
if you live in the far South of France we would recommend 2 dishes
to avoid problems. Please note that you will require a different
sort of decoder for the UK channels, EG a FreeSat or Sky digibox.