Monday, December 28, 2009

French Television


I happened to have a meeting near the first French TV channel (TF1) recently (technically they are not located in Paris, but in the suburbs) and I took advantage of it to take this photo. We have 6 main channels in France plus a about 12 other ones of lesser importance. On top of that we also have Cable television (which is more DSL television) and more and more video on demand, which I'm very fond of. I like the French TV system actually as there is a wide range (from the very cultural public channels to the very commercial ones). If you want to improve your French while watching TV, have a look at this and this. You won't be able to watch everything (for rights reason), but some of it.

25 comments:

  1. Ooh, interesting. I got some French language software for Christmas to help me learn; this may help too! Nice picture and Thank You!

    GF, Lynn!

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  2. Nice. I didn't see the foreground foliage until I enlarged the photo. Highly recommended.

    I confess: We got rid of our cable almost a year ago, which means we have no TV in our house. We can still watch a DVD when we want to. I may want TV again some day, but right now I don't miss it.

    Does that make me a bad person?

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  3. Merci for the links. I watched a couple things. I'll be back to check them out again.

    I have cable, but I never use it. I never watch TV anymore unless it's via the internet.

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  4. I didn't enlarge it as Petrea did, so to me it looks like a capture of some sort of UFO!

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  5. Petra: a bad person? No. A smart consumer, I think.

    I recently got "a deal" with Comcast and right now have (hundres?) of digital channels at my disposals. You'd think that would mean that I can find something I like to watch anytime? In reality, many days the TV is off because there is nothing interesting on and I just watch Netflix instead or just do something else.

    I might watch more TV is there was less advertising. In that regard, French TV is much more pleasant than the US non-premium channels. PBS is fine, but I can only watch the same reruns about 198 times before I get bored ;)

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  6. It IS dramatic, and thanks for the links! I bookmarked them and will take some time with them later.
    Christie -- actually, I think that you're probably GF.
    Petrea -- more like a good person!

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  7. Eric -- didn't see yesterday's post until just now (in the country sans internet). Also just heard about the rules about having to stow everything an hour before landing—the hardest part is not being to take pix from the plane. Sorry you had to endure that, but hope you're having a good time in Boston. Are you not coming to NY this time?

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  8. Bless you, Eric for your endless dedication -- writing up captions while you're away on vacation after a transatlantic flight - we don't deserve you -- really we don't. I don't know how you do it. Its phenomenal - day in and day out, year after year. Its greatly, greatly appreciated.

    I like the aliens landing feel of the photo, too! And thanks for the info on French TV.

    I have to join Petrea in the bad person club. 5 years ago I gave up TV and I've never been happier. Films are ever so much better. And whatever TV bits I select online. (Maybe I just like being bad!!)
    ; )

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  9. Most of the programmes I have seen on the TV in France involve a panel of people talking and talking and talking about books,film,art politics and music. Very cultured.

    Also very cute presenters Stephan Bern in particular!

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  10. Things seem to have changed since I lived in Paris in 1972. I there was an important football game, it would be shown on channel 1 (because everyone could receive that), and on channel 2 (because that was in colour). Also, they would interrupt an over-running program because of "the constraints of the schedule", then show a picture of a flowerpot for several minutes while waiting for the next programme to start.
    I will have a good look at those links because my French is getting rusty.
    Although I rarely comment, I do look at each one of your posts. Many thanks for doing it.

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  11. Thank you Eric for providing the two links. I am based in Cracow and I was looking for good sites to watch the winter Olympics in my hometown of Vancouver in few months and now I have them:D

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  12. he he so nice to hear GF mentioned again, Christie. It was a fun time. Actually but no, GF is you! The rules clearly stated two lines...I failed :( lol!

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  13. Toujours très intéressant ces visions de Paris.
    Bonne année 2010

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