Sky in France


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Afternoon all.

I am in the process of moving to France and have a question re satelite/sky TV you might be able to help me with.

I am keen to have Uk channels in my new place and as such have been advised to get a large dish fitted and point it at the astra satelite, buy a sky box off ebay and get "a card".

This is where i'm confused - what kind of card do i need, where do i get the card from and is it the same deal as the UK where if i pay a premium i get more channels......?

As you can tell i'm new to this - if someone can shed some light on it i'd appreciate it.




Standard Member
Is that the easiest (bearing in mind i am no technical genius!!) and most cost effective way of doing things?

What chanels does that give me access to?


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Standard Member
We'll be in the alps so i think the bigger the dish the better.

Could anyone point me in the direction of the most cost effective freesat equipment? If you can let me have model names/numbers i can get one off ebay i presume?


Established Member
In the south of France you'll need a very much bigger dish however.

I'm receiving 2D with a 80 cm Triax in South Western France (80+% quality and strength) with quite a bit of vegetation covering parts of the line of sight during summer periods :eek:

The actual dish sizes can be a bit misleading as the quality of the dish can have an impact on weather 2D is receivable or not. IMO a poorly built 1 meter dish can give worse results than a high gain 80 cm dish. I have found Triax to be amongst the best on the market. Also be aware that most offset dishes are not 100% circular but oval and therefore make sure the measurements are of the shorter part.

If you can find a proper installer he'll know what you need for 2D (which is the weakest powered sats for reception outside of UK/Ireland).

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