Re: French TV those days
What was awesome about Swiss TV, or at least the cable service I had whilst living there, was that it mostly consisted of direct feeds of all the other language groups' broadcast channels - so, BBC 1,2,3,4 ITV1,2... etc, etc as well as the French and Italian channels. So no cut-down BBC "prime" channel like seemed to be on offer in Germany for example. Had to remember that show times were skewed (+1H for UK channels). They didn't even swap out the ads on the commercial stations, it was mildly amusing to have commercials for products that we couldn't possibly buy.
Of course it wasn't really Swiss per-se, so your point stands, but it was a good service that I wish I could get elsewhere in the world!