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    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 4th Apr 18, 11:30 PM
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    French & German TV ?
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    • 4th Apr 18, 11:30 PM
    French & German TV ? 4th Apr 18 at 11:30 PM
    Hi,

    Which is the best and most cost effective way to receive French and German speaking channels on a Samsung smart TV in addition to UK channels - don’t want sport? Any helpful advice gratefully received!
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    • mobileron
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    Get an Android box theres lots on there,cost from £30 up.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 5th Apr 18, 7:58 AM
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    Or if you want to stay on the right side of IP rights, many German channels are available in clear on the Astra satellite at 19E, a correctly aligned dish and decoder box will get those (no viewing card required).

    These people https://fransat.co.uk/home.php offer a lifetime viewing card for French TV from the UK, again via satellite.
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    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 5th Apr 18, 5:31 PM
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    • 5th Apr 18, 5:31 PM
    European channels, satellite and smart Tvs
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    • 5th Apr 18, 5:31 PM
    Or if you want to stay on the right side of IP rights, many German channels are available in clear on the Astra satellite at 19E, a correctly aligned dish and decoder box will get those (no viewing card required).

    These people https://fransat.co.uk/home.php offer a lifetime viewing card for French TV from the UK, again via satellite.
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99
    This might be a dumb question but is it possible to have French, German and UK channels easily accessible on a smart TV or is it fiddly?

    Thanks so much!
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 6th Apr 18, 11:04 AM
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    • 6th Apr 18, 11:04 AM
    This might be a dumb question but is it possible to have French, German and UK channels easily accessible on a smart TV or is it fiddly?

    Thanks so much!
    Originally posted by sasparillo
    Broadcasts that you can access (free to air for German and with a viewing card for French) are by satellite so you will need a dish and decoder box. Since the German channels in clear are at 19.2E and Fransat (one off payment for the viewing card) is at 5W it will have to be a motorised dish.

    TNTsat is also at 19E so a fixed dish at 19E is possible with that, it has the French channels but the cards only last 4 years (£80 for that time). I think the French viewing cards only work in the official decoders.

    You may do better going to a local satellite shop and explaining what you want to achieve.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 6th Apr 18, 9:33 PM
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    Maybe try forums that are dedicated to satellite, world of satellite is 1, sv forums have a satellite sub forum, maybe others out there.
    Last edited by DCFC79; 06-04-2018 at 9:39 PM.
    • mega_biscoito
    • By mega_biscoito 12th Apr 18, 12:17 PM
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    • 12th Apr 18, 12:17 PM
    And for a person that has no possibility to have a Sat dish in the house, due to living in a apartment?
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    • By Moneyineptitude 12th Apr 18, 1:48 PM
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    And for a person that has no possibility to have a Sat dish in the house, due to living in a apartment?
    Originally posted by mega_biscoito
    You'll have to rely on internet provision, then, since French and German channels are not broadcast here.
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    • By Cornucopia 12th Apr 18, 2:09 PM
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    To use a Smart TV to receive other channels, including those from outside the UK, you'll need to start with the App Store for the TV and see what's available.
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    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 13th Apr 18, 10:47 AM
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    And for a person that has no possibility to have a Sat dish in the house, due to living in a apartment?
    Originally posted by mega_biscoito
    As mentioned an android box is an option.
    • tronator
    • By tronator 14th Apr 18, 10:51 PM
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    For the "öffentlich-rechtlichen Sender" (public broadcast channels) try this.

    https://mediathekview.de/

    I assume you understand German ;-)
    • adsk
    • By adsk 15th Apr 18, 1:34 PM
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    Satellite is the best way to get French/German TV.

    A 60cm dish pointed at 19.2E Astra satellite will get you both. You will need a TNTSAT approved box and card (available for £80 on Ebay/Amazon). The viewing card is valid for 4 years from activation.
    The card will only work in a TNTSAT box so you are restricted in your choice of receivers.

    The TNTSAT box is capable of receiving the German channels also. By default when you buy your TNTSAT box it will only scan for French channels on setup but you can choose to scan for non-TNTSAT channels.

    If you were to be a heavy viewer you might want to consider buying a 2nd STB for the German channels.

    If you really don't want to go down the satellite route then online streaming is an alternative. You'd need an android box or similar.
    If you want to watch ARD most channels stream online for free but some programmes esp Sport are blocked from non-German IP addresses. ZDF has a more limited streaming offer. Generally the private channels SAT1/RTL family don't have a free online streaming service for overseas viewers. Similarly, there is a very restricted offer of French streaming channels.
    • sasparillo
    • By sasparillo 15th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
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    French & German TV
    Hey, thanks everybody! This thread has been enormously informative!
    • Anthorn
    • By Anthorn 29th May 18, 11:32 PM
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    Check the apps available on your smart tv to see if IPTV is available. It's certainly available on Fire TV Stick because I have it. So that may be an option. The problem I have with IPTV is that I haven't actually managed to work out how to use it.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPTV
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