France Ô (pronounced [fʁɑ̃s o]) is a French free-to-air television channel featuring programming from the French overseas departments and collectivities in Metropolitan France. It is part of the France Télévisions group. Its overseas counterpart is Outre-Mer 1ère. The channel is scheduled to close on 9th August 2020 due to low viewership.
|Launched||25 March 1998|
|Closed||9 August 2020|
|Owned by||France Télévisions|
|Picture format||576i SDTV (16:9)|
|Slogan||Regardons autrement (Let's look differently)|
|Broadcast area||French overseas territories|
|Formerly called||RFO Sat (1998–2004)|
|Sister channel(s)||France 2|
|Digital terrestrial television||Channel 19|
|Bis Televisions||Channel 29|
|OSN (Middle East)||Channel 703|
|Ziggo (Netherlands)||TV Française Ziggo App Channel 7|
|Unitymedia (Germany)||Channel 443 (SD)|
|UPC Switzerland||Channel 111|
Channel 306 (digital CH-D)
|Kabel Deutschland (Germany)||Channel 831 (SD)|
|Freebox TV||Channel 152|
|Orange TV||Channel 32|
|Neuf TV||Channel 24|
Formerly known as RFO Sat, the channel was originally broadcasting 9 hours per day only. It was re-branded France Ô in 2004 in order to better show it was part of the France Télévisions group. The "O" stands for Outre-mer (overseas), and the accent shows that the channel was opened to all accents and dialects of the world, but also ensures that the name of the channel is not read as France 0 ("France zéro").
The channel became available in overseas territories in November 2010, replacing the RFO-operated Tempo.
- "En Polynésie, la suppression annoncée de France Ô ne passe pas". Le Monde (in French). 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Desroses, Sandrine (1 March 2005). "France Ô remplace RFO Sat". Retrieved 9 April 2008.
- Official website (in French)
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