On 10/04/2013, Chris J Brady wrote:
> In the UK it is a rigidly enforced legal requirement to have an annual
> t.v. license to watch live transmissions. This includes watching live
> terrestrial t.v., live satellite t.v., and live streamed web t.v.
> The cost is about 135 a year. Anyone failing to pay first of all
> receives numerous increasingly threatening letters from the TV
> Licensing Authority. Then they can be taken to court, fined thousands
> of pounds, and likely have their t.v. reception equipment confiscated.
> This high cost for what many millions around the world get for free,
> also affects students sharing college dorm. accommodation with
> multiple t.v.s, multiple-t.v.-owning families, hospitals, and
> thousands of stores selling t.v.s.
> Now the latest legal requirement is for ALL smart phone owners to take
> out a t.v. license because they can be used to watch streamed-live
> t.v., e.g. the BBC News.
> Recently there has been a widespread boycott of paying the license fee
> due to the proceeds being used to pay the salaries of numerous
> paedophiles at the BBC such as the late DJ Jimmy Saville. And that is
> to say nothing of the numerous cover-ups of (alleged) sexual abuse
> against minors over the years, and the salaries of those (allegedly)
> instigating the cover-ups.
> But now the BBC has another anxiety about viewers not paying the
> license fee. This is due to its highly successful BBC iPlayer which
> allows viewers to watch or listen to BBC programmes after they have
> been aired. To view such catch-up programmes does not require a
> license. And now with a smart t.v.s the digital streams from BBC
> iPlayer can be viewed not only on computers but also on t.v.s.
> And so increasingly thousands of viewers are refusing to pay the
> license fee and are watching catch-up t.v. via iPlayer of their
> comouters, smart phones or smart t.v.s.
> This is increasingly changing viewing habits as more and more choose
> not to pay the license fee and to only watch t.v. programmes in
> catch-up mode importantly WHEN they want to watch them.
Yes. The BBC will have to change its business model soon.
I am fairly happy to pay the license, not for broadcast TV, but for the
Radio 3 and other services, which are excellent and can never be made
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