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There are three types of people when it comes to TV Licenses

1. Hate and don't pay for it.

2. They don't like it but keep paying so they won't receive threats.

3. Actually think it's a good idea it exists.

The 'legal sharks' behind TV Licensing know people are starting to get tired of it so they're trying to include more ways (phones/tablets/etc) how one can watch TV to claim it's part of the license too. I honestly don't remember any other country that has a con license like this (at least in regards to being TVL) though if it did exist, many would protest it.

Rockman
3 months ago
What do you think of this?
ShellyAnn
ShellyAnn3 months ago

I stopped it last year for several months. It was due and I rang them up and said I didn't want it. Then my parents were going on and on at me 'have you watched this and that', even though I've told them and told them I don't watch tv much at all. Eventually I said look I don't have a license anymore so I don't put the telly on. Oh god, then it was they are coming to your house to inspect, they are going to fine you £1000. You will get a letter in the post saying you owe them £1000, etc. I got so fed up, I ended up getting a new license. My parents going on at me about being fined and inspectors. So I have one again now and I'm not happy. It's a lot of money for a load of crap shows that I don't watch. I thought it was only if you watched BBC, but no, they've put so many new reasons in why you have to have a license. It's another tax in my opinion.

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solomuz
solomuz3 months ago

I don't own a TV and don't need a license. I had a lady from the TV licensing come and inspect my living room, saw there was no television set and left. I still have to fill in a declaration every year to swear I don't have a TV and don't watch TV online. I hate that they assume you're a criminal if you don't pay. They bombard you with threats for the first year.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper903 months ago

Good idea. I currently live with my parents but when I get a house of my own I don't intend on having a TV either. Hardly anything good on TV nowadays anyway.

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SandyRhodes
SandyRhodes3 months ago

Definitely number 2 😞 we use netlix and now tv and rarely normal tv so I think about getting rid but as you say the worry and anxiety that would come from not having a license means i keep paying.

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Lydskyd
Lydskyd3 months ago

Never paid it - would feel guilty if i did paying people like Jimmy Saville and all the overpaid so called celebs for channels I rarely watch if ever!

There are also legal ways to keep them off your property and if you live in a flat they cannot detect your tv that is an old wives tale!

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend3 months ago

You have a tv license. For tv, mobile phone, and a laptop or tablet . Radio. I was told by a lady on the phone. So if you do not have a tv . You still need license for the others which I do I pay every 3 month.

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Rockman
Rockman
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3 months ago

Well, when a company decides to add a TV screen to their microwaves that'll be another thing to add to that list. 😛

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hspexy
hspexy3 months ago

There was one person I knew who paid for the black and white tv licence for a number of years to avoid a visit from the tv licence people - it used to be only £30+ per annum, and as long as it was paid, they left him alone. I believe they’ve scrapped that licence now so that’s not a viable option for him anymore.

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williamjjp
williamjjp3 months ago

Mainly watch Netflix or on demand tv which is not iplayer so don’t need one. It’s basically a BBC tax...if you look at how much bbc management gets paid it’s disgraceful.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi3 months ago

I think they finance the whole BBC from it, but it is something not exist in other countries. I am not against it, but the fee is too high. Maybe they should set it to £20 a year and more people would pay it honestly.

What I think, if u pay for Sky, Virgin ...etc it does not make sense why it is not included in the fee, when in their package, they will show these "free" channels and they actually not fee.

So u end up paying for TV license, plus normal provider Sky, Virgin or others and of course Netflix....or other subscription to really get something what u want to watch, because on the normal channels u only can see boring things. The amount of money spent is crazy....

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Rockman
Rockman
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3 months ago

They always find some loophole to make users pay for a license. If Hulu was streamable in UK (it is via a VPN), they'd add Hulu to that list too.

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi3 months ago

Rockman Yeah, I understand it, but than why we need to pay for the TV providers? Most of the other programs have advertising, so they sponsored to be made. Except BBC. I only watch the news there and I do not think so that is equal with the amount they charge.

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tumblespots
tumblespots3 months ago

I am completely against this TAX. If you have no option (and you don't really have an option) it can't be called anything other than a TAX. Why do the people of this country have to pay for the BBC to send broadcasts to the WHOLE WORLD. Why doesn't the rest of the world pay for receiving it??? It is despicable to penalise us and not charge them. Given the history of the BBC and it's presenters the whole thing should be scrapped immediately. All the programs that we have already paid for through the licence fee are now available on other channels, so you can pay for them all over again.....

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