Loss of Freesat in France – latest update

As of midday today, ASTRA 2E has reached its final position and all UK channels have been switched over, enabling ASTRA 1N to relocate to its new position.  There have been mixed reports of varied signal strength but for the most part, unless you live in North France or Belgium you will no longer be able to receive UK channels with a standard 60cm satellite dish.

It is possible many will be able to regain the signal with a larger satellite dish and we have had reports of good (not perfect) signal as far as Antibes with satellite dishes in excess of 110cm. However, remember that in France, planning permission must be sought from the local Mairie for mounted dishes exceeding 1m.

Failing success with a larger dish, the remaining options include watching via the internet or subscribing to UK SkyTV or Satellite Broadband in France via a registered provider, such as http://www.astrasat.tv.