TV License Fee.. what for ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Saturday night and the BBC is dire .. :Angry:

    What are we paying a license fee for ?

    Is it time to disband the BBC ?

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    BBC License .. what for ?

    Yes I agree thats why I am here:Angry: Bigrog
     
  3. Jim

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    Sometimes it seems that the BBC delivers more free content to the World (who don't pay) than it does to people in West Wales (who do pay). For the last 6 years in Wales I have had to pay a TV licence but depend on, and pay Sky, to get any BBC channels.

    "This is the the BBC World Service, you can hear us in China but not in W Wales" :RollEyes::BigGrin:
     
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    why on earth would anyone pay sky to get the BBC ; all radio and TV programmes are free oof charge , paid for by the licence fee

    I must say it is rate for me or mine to watch or listen to anything broadcast by anyone other than the BBC , the only source of any programming that demands an IQ of more than about 60
     
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    I suppose the programs they produce must be popular with many though not me:Sad: However I tried to watch something on some commercial channel (Sky I think) and I thought the adverts went on longer than the program content. It would be worth paying to do without the adverts if the programs were better.
    Normally I only watch TV if I want to sleep.
     
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    TV.

    The good thing about being old, you can watch all the repeats of Detective Movies on TV and you don't remember the outcome.

    Bigrog
     
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    so very true.. :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    but we paid first time around so why are we paying to watch again.. ??? :Doh:
     
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    All other TV companies are businesses that have to earn their money via advertising and the success or failure of their efforts dictates what salaries they can pay. So logically they have to provide what people want to draw the advertisers to part with the money .

    BBC have no such worries - they have a fixed income dictated by parliment and enforced by law on that basis they can produce what ever rubbish they feel like and generally do - I can honestly say that there is NO regular program on BBC that I watch yet the other day it was announced in the press that 100 BBC staff are paid 20 million pounds - my own feelings are they should have to perform like all other businesses and make a profit - if they operate in a fair market place I could not care less if they pay fantastic salaries - but produce rubbish and get paid silly money for doing it No
     
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    you do not pay the BBC licence fee to watch BBC programmes......you pay the fee to own a working tv receiver....whether you watch BBC or not !!!

    ANY tv receiving equipment, tv, video recorder, digi box, internet enabled computer or even an internet mobile etc that is capable of receiving any tv signal as it is broadcast requires a licence.

    even if the BBC stopped transmitting tv signals you would still need a licence.

    tv licencing.

    and its a ripoff :Angry:
     
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    yes ,. but all the fees go to the BBC ..

    scrap the fee and privatise the BBC .. it's always easy to spend, ( read waste ) other peoples money .
     
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    but think of all the lost revenue (guaranteed) the impoverished gov would miss out on:Sad:

    Oh my heart bleeds for them...:Laughing:
     
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    You dont need one if you watch the progs via the net ,hence why they want to try a subscription to it ,there was a big fuss oover this a while ago,even dear old Brown wont plug that hole,what you watch via iplayer is free from copyright,hence why its downloadable:thumb:
     
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    Only if it's not LIVE TV .. otherwise::


    Watching TV on the internet:

    You need to be covered by a licence if you watch TV online at the same time as it's being broadcast on conventional TV in the UK or the Channel Islands.

    Video recorders and digital recorders like Sky+

    You need a licence if you record TV as it's broadcast, whether that's on a conventional video recorder or digital box.

    Mobile phones
    A licence covers you to watch TV as it's broadcast on a mobile phone, whether you're at home or out and about.
     
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    Not only the BBC Jim. The whole flippin' lot was dire. The only programme I watched last night was HIGNFY - I usually watch the Saturday extended repeat, rather than the Friday broadcast, to get the out-takes.

    Graham
     
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    Time to scrap the BBC, yes it is. All of the commercial stations manage without a licence fee, why not the BBC it would make them accountable to the viewing public. Since going digital we have a part time service from the BBC it is not reliable ( and I can see the relay mast from my window!) I don't care if they are broadcasting as normal, if I can no longer receive the same programs and channels why should I pay. Time for a change!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Well whilst everyone was enjoying free "once you paid a licence fee" service. plenty of people in the UK still could not receive transmissions via a normal tv ariel.

    The BBC spent millions of our money so that Africans, Russians Chinese etc had access to BBC content, but failed to ensure that all of the people actually paying, could receive the basic channels. So we had to pay for a satellite install and then buy a sky card just so we could watch the basic 4 channels.

    I refused to buy a TV licence in 2003, so that the saving deferred the cost of the satelite installation. I wrote and told them I wasn't paying and why. I still got loads of auto generated threatening letters which I ignored, but no one bothered to respond to my letter.:RollEyes:
     
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    jim , you don't need to buy a sky card to watch any bbc channel in the uk ; I have a standard sky digibox without one

    and re the copyright on TV programmes on Iplayer ...it is copyright but in the uk you have paid to watch it so can , elsewhere it is blocked
     
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    A short while ago satellite was our only option to see any TV at all and Sky was the only way to go. They charged us install and a one off fee for the card. Nowadays with freesat it would be better. But with the recent digital switchover a normal ariel now works and we can bin sky
     
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    We cannot receive terrestrial TV and we are only 4 miles outside the county town of Dorset. :Doh: :Doh: All campers on CL site can only get TV with a satellite dish.

    It was far cheaper to install Sky than try to get "normal" TV with expensive high arials that may not work anyway. Not too bothered as I would have had Sky anyway for the sport.

    On a different theme, I cannot stand watching anything on commercial channels anymore due to the prolonged advert breaks every 10 minutes. It seems like they put all ads during instead of between programs now. Probably because they know we all used to get up and make tea etc. when they came on at the end of program. I accept that they get their income from adverts but we have become like USA with long breaks every few minutes.
     
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