As of 30th November 2018 there is no need to pay for Sky or Virgin to watch TV5MONDE.
Anyone in the UK can now enjoy the same channel live 24/7 for free – and in HD. Anytime, anywhere, with French or English subtitles – or no subtitles at all at Other free French channels available on satellite include BFM TV, CNews, EuroNews (Français), France 24 (Français), LCI (La Chaîne Info) and LCP (La Chaîne Parlementaire).
For more information on French TV & Radio see: France

TV5 is still available free-to-air on satellite throught Europe on the following satellites:

Astra 19.2°E
Frequency: 11538
Polarisation: vertical
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC: 5/6

Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency: 11137
Polarisation: horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 3/4


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