A quick guide to British television in France
The only way to receive domestic british
television in France is to set up a satellite dish. Whilst the dish size
for Paris and the Northern part of France is very small ( 45 – 50 cm )
further down in the South you will need a larger dish of 80 to 110 cm.
You can get all the BBC channels, ITV, channel 4, five, Sky sports etc.
The solution is either taking your existing satellite digital box with
you to France, or buying both the equipment and installation from
a specialised dealer in France. maybe the second solution is worth
I live in a listed area, dishes are not allowed ...
Well, it seems that new technologies help bypass the dish permission... Small and discrete units which are not dishes will allow you to have Sky digital in HD even in listed areas with restrictions. Find out more...
Can I use my british tv set here in France?
British TV's will work fine with the satellite in France. Most of the recent models have a built-in digital tuner DVB-T tuner and can receive 18 digital French TV channels depending on signal coverage.
Older British TV’s can also be adapted to receive digital French transmissions through an inexpensive adaptor (external digital tuner). Note that French cable TV and DSL boxes have HDMI OUT and work with UK TV sets. So in 95 % of the cases a british TV can be adapted to receive french TV as well. Moving to France is costly enough, so bringing your UK TV set to France will save you some money without worrying about the different voltage.