SLOWLY, ever so slowly, the French equivalent of Freeview, called TNT, is improving its coverage across the country.
At the moment around two thirds of the population can receive a selection of digital channels, including the major ones such as TF1 and France 2, as well as Arte and video music.
It is possible to track down the coverage for your area via the TDF website, which lets you narrow down your search to village level and shows you which free, and paid for, channels are available.
Like Freeview the TNT service requires you to buy a set-top box that plugs into the back of your television and aerial, and usually if you are in an area with a strong reception the channels are automatically registered.
A quick look on Amazon.fr this morning shows boxes starting from €34.90, while it is also possible to buy televisions with the TNT decoder built in.