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    Re: TV Licence

    What happens if I dont watch BBC? Isnt the licence only for BBC stations or is that one of those myths?

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    Re: TV Licence

    Oh.....and I had an arial socket connected to a community antenna that the whole of the halls of residence had access to. My tv was only about 4' away from the socket, if that. They didnt seem to care, but what they didnt do was check my PC for a tuner card (not that it has one).

    I think you have to have the license for the other stations because they all use the same antennas so part of the licensing goes to maintaining the antennas (I /think/)

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    Re: TV Licence

    Quote Originally Posted by Edenalig
    What happens if I dont watch BBC? Isnt the licence only for BBC stations or is that one of those myths?
    According to the licensing site it's if it's anything operated by a UK company or using UK based broadcast equipment so Cable and Sky are not excluded.

    Also don't forget Channel 4 receives funding from the License Fee.

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    Re: TV Licence

    The license is for any viewing of tv transmitted from anywhere within or outside the UK - regardless of whether it is the BBC or not. A good explanation is available here: http://www.tvlicensing.biz/info_on_t...sing/index.htm

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    Re: TV Licence

    Thanks for that link... learnt a few new things

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    Re: TV Licence

    You cannot just tune out the channels that receive funding from the license... hell, it's cheap enough anyway.

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    Re: TV Licence

    Huh? £135 is not cheap! That is a very large chunk of money to people who have low income and large outgoings.

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    Re: TV Licence

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    Huh? £135 is not cheap! That is a very large chunk of money to people who have low income and large outgoings.

    And £135 is quite alot for a handfull of episodes of TopGear! Apart from when i stick the weather on TG is all i ever watch on terrestrial.

    They should go PayPV and see how much money they make...

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    Re: TV Licence

    Exactly! The only things I watch on tv are top gear, dr who and two pints. Everything else is generally rubbish. I can buy the box sets for less than that.

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    Re: TV Licence

    techmonkey: the exact same thing happened to me - I bought the TV but the licence is in my husband's name - I couldn't believe that they don't search by address, and I pushed it until the 3rd or 4th nasty letter before giving in.
    If the house is registered as a one family residence, (on the census) I would have thought that the licence should be done by address, not name.
    I was really furious that I was automatically being accused of something I had not done - the tone of the letter was most definitely accusatory, and could have really scared someone less bolshie than me!

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    Re: TV Licence

    With the BBC now pumping a lot of their progammes out over the internet, does that make all PCs capable of receiving TV and therefore requiring a licence?

    It's listed as a "grey area" on the link above but that may not stop the BBC trying to extract more cash out of us.

    HBJB

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    Re: TV Licence

    I believe that if you use your computer to view live streamed tv from the net then you have to have a license.

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    Re: TV Licence

    I look at it like this - £10 a month isn't very much for a household to pay to fund everything the BBC does for us. I cannot imagine my parent's house without Radio 4, getting into a taxi playing Radio 1, work without continuous News 24. The World Service saw Alan Johnston through his ordeal recently. If I want to know the weather, I'm looking for educational resources, checking TV listings or news I can go to bbc.co.uk and will not be disappointed, all the time, no adverts.

    Also, CBeebies tortues my friends with kids - hilarity.

    New TV isn't very impressive, I'll admit, but the BBC has produced most of the best television. Full stop. I'll pay £2.50 a week for that with no issues - hell, it doesn't even buy me a pint anymore.

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    Re: TV Licence

    I think a lot of people object to having to pay the full fee even if they don't watch their TV or listen to their radio.

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    Re: TV Licence

    I don't watch my TV very much and rarely BBC but I think it's something that is very important to keep as property of the country. I can understand if you'd rather not know that your paying for it but I think there are many, many more things to resent...

    Cleaning up after drunken vandalism and fights, cigarettes/drugs/alcohol for people that can't be bothered to work, subsidies for poor public transport, random public 'art' and buildings that no one like (they're doing a lot of this in Havant/Portsmouth)

    Most of my TV is downloaded, it's more convenient, for me. Doesn't mean I shouldn't pay towards the cost of producing the programs or other content. And I'm not saying the BBC doesn't waste money... just... there are FAR less productive and more expensive things...

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