Television in France Goes Digital
Tuesday 16 November 2010
By the end of November 2011 digital television will be operational right across France, and a more detailed timetable has recently been issued by the government.
The latest timetable for the switchover is shown below. As will be seen, over a large part of the country it has already happened, or about to happen.
|18 October 2009||Nord Cotentin|
|02 February 2010||Alsace|
|09 March 2010||Basse Normandie|
|18 May 2010||Pays de la Loire|
|08 June 2010||Bretagne|
|28 September 2010||Lorraine|
|19 October 2010||Centre|
|19 October 2010||Poitou Charentes|
|16 November 2010||Bourgogne|
|16 November 2010||Franche Comté|
|01 February 2011||Nord Pas de Calais|
|01 February 2011||Haute Normandie|
|02 February 2011||Picardie|
|08 March 2011||Ile de France|
|29 March 2011||Aquitaine|
|29 March 2011||Limousin|
|10 May 2011||Auvergne|
|24 May 2011||Corse|
|24 May 2011||Côte d’Azur|
|14 June 2011||Rhône|
|05 July 2011||Provence Alpes|
|20 September 2011||Alpes|
|08 November 2011||Midi Pyrénées|
|29 November 2011||Languedoc Roussillon|
When the analog service is switched off, and Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) becomes obligatory in your region, you will need to ensure you have a television capable of receiving digital broadcasts, or purchase a receiver.
The new service greatly improves sound and picture quality and also offers 12 additional free channels.
You can learn more about TNT from our earlier article on the subject at French Television Digital Switchover.