How to watch British TV as an expat in France


So you’re in France and it’s Wednesday night. Obviously you want to watch the Great British Bake Off, but alas, you can’t see it because the iPlayer is blocked! What to do? Never fear, it’s easy as pie (pun intended) to watch British TV in France.

Now you may like French TV. If you love the fact that the nightly movie at ten to nine always features ninety minutes of brooding, smoking, and drinking coffee then this post isn’t for you.

If however, you’re like me and hate French TV then you need to know how to get British TV. Personally, I have to watch Match of the Day on Saturday nights and I don’t want to have to wait until it’s uploaded onto some illegal streaming site the next day. So imagine my joy when I found Filmon.

Watch British TV in France

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Filmon has a ton of channels from all over the world to choose from and they stream live so you can watch your favourite shows at the time they are first aired.

The free version streams in standard definition, however you can pay for a premium membership to watch in HD. With your premium membership you also get the option to record shows like on Sky+.

So if you live in France you’ll never need to miss an episode of the Great British Bake Off again and if you’re visiting for the weekend and don’t feel like going out, Match of the Day is still there for you… although I recommend getting out and experiencing the place properly!

What do you think? Do you love French TV or does it not match up to your shows from home? Let me know in the comments section below!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve never really watched French TV but I do know all about Italian telly as I lived there for years: it’s terrible – when it’s not awful manic shows with orange-faced men and half-dressed women, it’s over-serious, pompous political debates that last for hours. Filmon sounds great, I’ll have to find out whether there’s anything similar for when I visit Italy!

    1. Dave says:

      I’m pretty sure you can get on there from anywhere. I don’t see why it wouldn’t be available in Italy too 🙂

  2. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.

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