TV - French Channels

French channels
A guide to accessing French channels.

Satellite - with a Sky subscription

TV5 is broadcast as part of the Style and Culture bundle on Sky channel 799. In the EPG (Electronic Programme Guide), TV5 is listed under 'International' in the other channels section. Some programmes broadcast on TV5 offer subtitles in French. Information is available on the TV5 website. To activate the subtitles, press the 'help' button and select 'subtitles on'.

The audio for Euronews on channel 508 can also be switched to French by changing the audio settings.

Satellite - without a Sky subscription

You may opt for a satellite system without a subscription to receive free-to-air TV, including all the BBC channels. On top of TV5 you may get other French channels. Packages start at around £150 plus installation as a one-off payment. Please consult your local satellite installer for details, stating you'd like to receive the French channels.
freesat offers France 24 and Euronews (channel 204).

The French equivalent of BBC/ITV Freesat is now available in France with the purchase of a TNTsat card.

Cable - Virgin Media

TV5 is broadcast on channel 825 as part of Virgin Media's XL TV package and Euronews on 620 as part of the medium package.

You can access Euronews and switch the audio to French on channel 620 on Virgin Media (UK), channel 203 (UPC Ireland).

Many French TV stations broadcast some programmes via their websites. Find out about online programmes.

Please contact us if you think the details given may have changed.


BBC TV and Radio - French

Search BBC iPlayer for programmes about 'French' or 'France'.

These links carry out automated searches and may produce some irrelevant results.


Online Courses

Hakim, your French guide, in a café

French Steps

All-in-one beginners' course. Complete it in 12 weeks with our weekly tips

Talk French

A video introduction to the language in 10 short parts


Ma France

For French improvers. 24 units with video, key phrases and games. Refresh your language and keep it up-to-date

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