Arte offers a choice of language subtitles as well as VO.
We get ours from satellite, where most French programmes seem to be subtitled for the benefit of the hard of hearing.
Also the same with terrestrial.
Maybe Orange is different, or perhaps you haven’t located the right button on the remote!
Have you been choosing sous-titres “français” on the TV decoder control or “malentendants”?
I just turned ours on, randomly, to TF1 which was showing some travel programme and found sub-titles without difficulty (not that they followed the French dialogue all that well which is mildly annoying).
I watch most of my French TV online. Provision of subtitles is patchy, but France 5 seems to have a lot. And, if you’re just doing it to learn (rather than to relax), there’s a load of stuff on YouTube and much easier to get subtitles with that.
I get all my TV via the fibre WiFi decoder so the TV zapper only supplies basics like colour tone etc. Can’t locate a button on TV decoder zapper, but maybe I need to explore its menu functions more thoroughly. It’s pretty damn complicated
I watched two programmes on tv3 last evening: the first was around the hunting/scavenging activities of an elderly gent who gallumphed around the rocky shallows of the Normandy coast wearing what looked like a single-breasted business suit, socks and sensible shoes, often submerging himself in the seawater to emerge, dripping wet with his serge trousers and jacket clinging to his frame, with a crab, arraignée or homard in his bare hand.
His French was rather moist but intelligible, if breathless.
The sight of his socks and shoes thrashing the surface while the rest of him was submerged was quite remarkable.
The next was the exploits of a young female vegan eco-warrior in the sticks who saves various creatures from the hunt, and fights a dangerous running battle with the local chasse. She spoke a young excitable argot that defeated my understanding even with subtitles, but her adventures running a large animal rescue venture and a huge cloture - often violated by the chasseurs, was inspiring, especially as she took her three-year old toddler with her as an extra vigilante. I could understand him, even with his dummy in