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How can I watch English TV from my home in France?

I miss English TV. How can I access this from my home in France?

There are several options if you want access to TV in English in France – for example, a subscription to Sky, Amazon Prime, or Netflix mean you can watch a range of English-language TV at varying costs.

If you are looking for UK terrestrial channels (BBC, ITV or Channel 4), you can access these through a Smart TV, tablet, PC or mobile device so long as you have a UK TV licence. 

You will be asked to input your UK TV licence number when accessing BBC iPlayer for the first time, then the service is free (though you will need to download via your wifi connection).

The key to accessing UK TV abroad is broadband connectivity, and many providers offer special deals for their customers, providing access to their favourite UK TV.

UK Telecom, for example, offers up to 15Gb of access from as little as €1/month, which is plenty to download a couple of films, or a box set.

As with many providers, there are larger options but it is best to start small and see how much you use.

Set-up is simple these days, with just about every option being plug and play. 

Smart TVs either have every­thing installed or it is simply an HDMI cable and on-screen set-up, which is easily navigated for a Sky box, or a Fire stick is easy too – just plug this into the HDMI port and choose the AV screen for that device.

People wonder if they need a UK TV licence to access BBC iPlayer in France, the answer is yes and the responsibility of having a UK TV licence sits with the householder.

If you are with a good provider, they should provide help by telephone.


Question answered by Sarah Fletcher from the telephone and broadband provider, UK Telecom. See for more information on their services in France. If you have a query on this topic send it to

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