Sky Satellite TV
All you need to know about receiving Sky out here
All Sky Sports events (including Premiership Plus) are shown over here in Pub Le Ski Lodge in La Tania but if you want to get your own digibox and dish out here it's quite simple.
If you've got a Sky system in the UK (which is more than a year old and/or free of subsidy restrictions, telephone connections etc) it can simply be brought out here and the dish pointed towards the top of the Col. Eventually after a few minutes or several hours while looking at the signal strength indicator (in the setup menu) and making very, very minor adjustments you'll get the system up. We've found that the standard 45cm dishes are sufficient though some people do have the larger ones out here. There are places in France that can sell you the Sky system even though you're not really supposed to have it abroad - it is not illegal though! Alpine Satellite France can sort out all your requirements including subscriptions, installation and the new Sky Plus boxes. Contact them out here on 0479 042825.
If the system is bought with a subsidy & subscription (usually free and around £60 for installation) in the UK it has to be connected to the phone line in the UK. Once a year is up it can usually be disconnected and brought out to France. Note that you must use a UK address for your Sky subscription, they will not allow an address abroad. The alternative is to simply buy a new digibox & dish outright and start a new subscription. For new equipment without a subscription or subsidy you'll pay around £330 (second hand around £150).
No subscription - Free to Air Channels FTA
If you don't have any sky subscription and no viewing card in at all you'll still get a host of TV and Radio channels - apart from lots of shopping, religious and travel agent type channels the main ones of interest are:
BBC Three (EastEnders repeated at 10pm!)
Extreme Sports TV
The Vault (music channel)
BBC News 24
BBC Radio 1,2,3,4,5 and World Service
Radio 4 Long Wave (for the cricket!)
Free to View Channels FTV
ITV, Channel 4 and five are now only available with a freesat viewing card which costs £20 (or £150 with a dish & box!) available from www.freesatfromsky.com. There's no monthly subscription and it only takes a few days to arrive. Note that you don't get all the UK terrestrial digital freeview services through a freesat card - in particular you don't get Sky Sports News and E4. The ITV channels are supposed to be moving to Free to Air by the end of 2005.
Of course all the main channels are included if you subscribe to any Sky package. Currently the cheapest is £15 a month, with the full Sport & Movies package £42.50 a month. We've conflicting reports of if getting a multi-room card for £10 a month in the UK will work if you bring the second box out here - UK phone connection may be required.
If you're stuck out in a ski resort between the Winter and Summer seasons Satellite TV may work out to be a very good idea!