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France Ô
France Ô
Country France
Broadcast areaFrance
SloganRegardons autrement
Headquarters3-4, rue Danton
92299 Malakoff, Hauts-de-Seine
Picture format1080i HDTV (16:9)
OwnerFrance Télévisions
Sister channelsFrance 2
France 3
France 4
France 5
Launched25 March 1998 (1998-03-25)
Closed24 August 2020 (2020-08-24) (programming)
2 September 2020 (2020-09-02) (signal)
Former namesRFO Sat (1998-2004)
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 19
Digital terrestrial television in Overseas FranceChannel 6 or 7 or 8
Telenet (Belgium)Channel 29 (Wallonia & Brussels)
Channel 158 (Flanders)
Ziggo (Netherlands)TV Française Ziggo App Channel 7
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 443 (SD)
UPC SwitzerlandChannel 29
Channel 329 (Deutschswizz)
Channel 529 (Ticino)
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 831 (SD)
Net+Channel 61
Canal+Channel 94
Bis TélévisionsChannel 29
TNTSATChannel 19
OSN (Middle East)Channel 703
Canal+ RéunionChannel 41
Canal+ CalédonieChannel 18
Canal+ CaraïbesChannel 51
French IPTVChannel 19
SunriseChannel 8

France Ô (pronounced [fs o]) was a French free-to-air television channel featuring programming from the French overseas departments and collectivities in Metropolitan France. It was part of the France Télévisions group. Its overseas counterpart is Outre-Mer 1ère.[1]

The channel was launched in 1998 as RFO Sat by Jean-Marie Cavada, then-president of RFO, and initially broadcast for only 9 hours per day. It was re-branded as France Ô on 25 February 2005 after the reunification of RFO with France Télévisions. The "O" stands for Outre-mer (overseas), and the accent shows that the channel was opened to all accents and dialects of the world,[2] 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, and was launched in DTT nationally the same year.

In July 2018 the French government announced the closure of France Ô, due to poor viewership ratings. The ceasing of broadcast was scheduled for 9 August 2020, in time for the climax of the 2020 Summer Olympics, but was later changed to 24 August due to scheduling issues caused by the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. The last programme broadcast on the channel was a repeat of the concert L'Outre-mer fait son Olympia 2019.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "En Polynésie, la suppression annoncée de France Ô ne passe pas". Le Monde (in French). 18 February 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Desroses, Sandrine (1 March 2005). "France Ô remplace RFO Sat". Retrieved 2008.
  3. ^ "France Ô a fait ses adieux". (in French). Retrieved 2020.

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