From 12 December 2012, a further six new high definition Freeview channels will be available (HD1, l’Équipe HD, 6Ter, Numéro 23, RMC Découverte and  Chérie 25). For more information visit www.recevoirlatnt.fr  or www. toutelatnt.fr. A phone number is also available Monday to Friday from 8h to 19h: on 0970818818 (cost of a local call).


Final changeover in our region:29th November 2011

TNT (Télévision Numérique Terrestre)


“La Télévision Numérique pour Tous” (*digital television for all)

TNTKnown as TNT “La Télévision Numérique pour Tous” (digital television for all), digital TV has been available in the Pyrenees-Orientales since October 2006, for those within reception distance of the Pic Neoulous.

Since 2010, the analogue television service throughout France has gradually been replaced by digital (numérique) TV. From the 29th November 2011, if you do not have a television adapted to TNT, be it via a new aerial, satellite, cable service, ’boitier de décodage’ (TNT decoder box) or internet broadband,  you will no longer be able to watch the main French television channels. (TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5/Arte, M6)
Most new televisions now have a TNT aerial decoder built in.

As a result of a joint venture between public broadcaster France Televisions and a number of cable and satellite operators, there are now a further 11 free viewing channels available on French television.

Extra channels available

LCP Assemblée Nationale
Political debates, reports and documentaries

France 4
Cinema, sport, fiction, music….

Culture, cinema, society on this channel which claims to be all live broadcasts

General – children’s programmes, soaps…….

Music, talk shows, games……..

Young people’s channel (6 – 14) cartoons, games, discovery ……..

i tele
24 hour news channel

24 hour news channel

Public Sénat
Political debates, reports and documentaries

Music, action, relaxation..

TMC Monte Carlo
Family entertainment

Europe2 TV
Music channel


For the ’teckies’ amongst you

*Digital television is based on the idea of recording information in a digital, rather than an analogue format.
The idea is to reduce the information to a series of electronic signals, which can be written in a code of 0’s and 1’s. This ’binary code’ is the way computers ’talk’ to each other. It is preferable to magnetic tape, the analogue method of storing information, as there is less likelihood of corrupting the signal and the information is stored on formats like Compact Discs which are more durable than the traditional magnetic tape.
The idea of digital recording has been around for a long time. The IBA ( the forerunner of the Independent Television Commision) licenced the first digital tape recorder in the early 1980’s. However the first advance in recording was an improved analogue system, BetaCam. This was a component analogue system where the information was split up into colour and luminance, stored on separate tracks. It gave a higher picture quality, but was overtaken in the early 1990’s by digital systems, such as DigiBetaCam. These give an even better picture and make editing with on-line computer systems possible.
In the television industry the use of DVC and DVD (Digital Video Cassette and Digital Video Disk) are widespread. This means that recording has recently been standardized again. The broadcast industry standard is now MPEG-2 (Motion Picture Experts Group standard 2). This cuts the amount of information from nearly 100 million ’bits’ per second to less then 5 million. It does this by not specifying the information for each individual pixel, but rather the boundaries of groups of pixels of the same colour and brightness.
The use of digital technology in recording television is now quite established – the present phase is the broadcasting of it – already widespread in England but fairly recently arrived in France

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