Tomorrow, 8.29 pm (Paris Time)

December 5, 2006 at 10:33 am | Posted in France 24, Programming, website | 21 Comments

Tomorrow, Wednesday 6 December at 8.29 p.m. (Paris time, 7.29 p.m. in the UK and 2.29 p.m. in New York), France 24 will start streaming its live feed from his official website http://www.france24.com.

The launch is expected to start with the words: “Welcome to France 24, the French International news network. Now, the news…”

In its first hours, France 24 will broadcast a short interview with French president Jacques Chirac. Chirac is at the origin of the network, having revived a 20-year-old project in 2003 during the Iraqi crisis at the United Nations.

The interview is supposed to take place at la Concorde, a Parisian square located at the bottom of the Champs-Elysées and a few meters away from the American embassy.

On that night, the network will also show a best-of of what is to come on France 24.

The next day at 8.30 p.m. (still Paris time) France 24 will launch on cable and satellite, reaching an estimated 80 million viewers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Washington D.C. and New York. France 24 should also be available in hotel rooms across the globe.

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  1. The website doesn’t seem to be fully active yet. Does anyone know whether the news will be available as video feed over the web as well??

  2. I believe I found the information in the PDF press-book :-)
    The information is slightly different depending on whether you read the French or English version of the PDF (Video window in one, Video player in the other – I sure hope it won’t use some Windows-only technology), but a video feed should be available :-)

  3. The website will go live in its full version tomorrow at 8.20pm or just about. At 8.29pm (still Paris time) a video feed of the network will go live on the web as a streaming video… so you will be able to enjoy the first 24 hours of the network directly online until the feed goes live on satellite and cable.

    This feed will also allow people who do not have access to the channel (Americas, Canada, Australia, etc…)

  4. I see. Thank you for the clarification,
    So I guess it means that people like me (who have virtually no chance to see the channel picked-up by their cable provider) will have the streaming content for the first 24h of the life of the channel, but nothing (live) afterwads :-\

  5. Actually, if you live int he United States, you should start receiving the network end of 2007, beginning of 2008.

    However, from what I understand, streaming video should be available all year long, so you should be able to watch France 24 online in the meantime. Confirmation of this will come in the next two or three days of course!

  6. Welllllll that pretty much depends on whether or not my cable provider picks up the channel. Right now we have only Univision as a non-English channel and we have no non-US based channel whatsoever. Again, I have little hope we’ll get France 24 through Cable.

    Thanks :-) I’ll sure check the site to figure it out.

  7. Ouch… my comment didn’t quite make it the way it was intended…
    Actually, if you live int he United States, you should start receiving the network end of 2007, beginning of 2008.

    Welllllll that pretty much depends on whether or not my cable provider picks up the channel. Right now we have only Univision as a non-English channel and we have no non-US based channel whatsoever. Again, I have little hope we’ll get France 24 through Cable.

    However, from what I understand, streaming video should be available all year long, so you should be able to watch France 24 online in the meantime. Confirmation of this will come in the next two or three days of course!

    Thanks :-) I’ll sure check the site to figure it out.

  8. Je serai au poste demain matin a 11:29, heure de Californie.

    Mais, SVP ne dites pas “Welcome ON” dites “Welcome TO”. “Welcome on” est la traduction litterale de “Bienvenue sur”. En anglais nous disons “Welcome to”.
    Un petit accent francais sera surement bien acceuilli par vos tele-spectateurs, mais, au moins, parlez l’anglais correctement, pour que l’on vous prenne au serieux.

    Encore une fois, “Bonne chance, bon succes”!

  9. They seem to be late… There is nothing new from yesterday…!

  10. Just to say that I read 8.29 instead of 8.29pm (French people are not used using am and pm, we rather use 20.29), so that’s the reason. Sorry!

  11. http://www.france24.com/ tells me “You need to upgrade your Flash Player” and the link to bypass the detection fails. I can see this is not going to work under Linux!

    Did I read somewhere about the French government encouraging use of open source…

    Dave

  12. Seems to work with Flashplayer 7 (on the limited pre-launch content) with
    http://www.france24.com/static/?detectflash=false
    Dave

  13. […] FRANCE 24 is set to launch at 8:29PM Paris time (7:29PM London, and 2:20PM New York), according to the France 24 Unofficial Weblog. This new 24-hour news network will launch first on the Internet, streaming a live feed on its website, and will follow several hours later with its first broadcast on cable networks around the world. According to the Press Book for the new network (available from the home page as a PDF in both French and English), it has a strong focus on the Internet and a plan to cover the news in greater depth than other networks, and will offer a counterpoint to the dominant international  news networks. […]

  14. It’s 10:03 pm Wednesday and I don’t see any tv stream on the France 24 site. I have dial up internet and a Mac. Must I have ADSL and/or Windows? I’m in deep France and have no access to ADSL. No cable…no dish…I was counting on the internet for this.

  15. Elizabeth,

    Sans Internet haute vitesse, je doute que tu puisse voir le flux vidéo. Dial up Internet, c’est probablement vraiment trop lent.

  16. Je suis triste

  17. Well the streaming is still going on :-)
    They are using WMV9 straeming, which actually works rather well on a Mac providing you have the Flip4Mac codecs installed.
    I just added the direct link mms://live.france24.com/france24_fr.wsx to my favorites in the QuickTime Player :-)

  18. im looking for a flash based time applet that tels me the time of paris france, i need it for http://www.citywalksofparis.com anyone? email me thanks

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