France Ô

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 in September 2020 due to low viewership.[1]

France Ô
Launched25 March 1998 (1998-03-25)
Owned byFrance Télévisions
Picture format576i SDTV (16:9)
SloganRegardons autrement (Let's look differently)
Broadcast areaFrench overseas territories
Formerly calledRFO Sat (1998–2004)
Sister channel(s)France 2
France 3
France 4
France 5
Digital terrestrial televisionChannel 19
CanalSatChannel 170
Bis TelevisionsChannel 29
TNTSATChannel 19
OSN (Middle East)Channel 703
NoosChannel 51
Ziggo (Netherlands)TV Française Ziggo App Channel 7
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 443 (SD)
UPC SwitzerlandChannel 111
Channel 306 (digital CH-D)
Kabel Deutschland (Germany)Channel 831 (SD)
Freebox TVChannel 152
Orange TVChannel 32
Neuf TVChannel 24
AliceChannel 32
DartyBoxChannel 32

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,[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.


  1. "En Polynésie, la suppression annoncée de France Ô ne passe pas". Le Monde (in French). 18 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. Desroses, Sandrine (1 March 2005). "France Ô remplace RFO Sat". Retrieved 9 April 2008.

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