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Old 15th June 2019, 07:39 AM   #121
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Originally Posted by Pixel42 View Post
I don't object to continuing to pay for TV licence when I turn 75 in 9 years time, I thought making it means tested was a reasonable compromise and it's good value for money.

I do object to just having had to fork out £200 for a new aerial because the government forced Freeview to change channels so they could sell their existing ones to the mobile phone networks for a shedload of cash.
What is this strange "aerial" you mention, is it a new broadband package?
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Old 15th June 2019, 08:05 AM   #122
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As a 70 year old American, I don't pay for a TV license. I just fork over a couple hundred bucks to the cable company like everybody else. I should look up, I guess, how many people actually depend on broadcast TV. I suspect not many.
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Old 15th June 2019, 10:05 AM   #123
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
As a 70 year old American, I don't pay for a TV license. I just fork over a couple hundred bucks to the cable company like everybody else. I should look up, I guess, how many people actually depend on broadcast TV. I suspect not many.

in UK, the TV license is apparently required for all live viewing, including cable and internet streaming, not just over-the-air.
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In the United Kingdom and the Crown dependencies, any household watching or recording live television transmissions as they are being broadcast (terrestrial, satellite, cable, or Internet) is required to hold a television licence. Businesses, hospitals, schools and a range of other organisations are also required to hold television licences to watch and record live TV broadcasts.[1] A television licence is also required to receive video on demand programme services provided by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), on the iPlayer catch-up service.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Televi...United_Kingdom

Do you really watch enough TV to pay a couple hundred dollars a month? That seems pretty high. Have you explored alternatives?
https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/ho...o-if-you-cant/
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Old 15th June 2019, 10:41 AM   #124
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
As a 70 year old American, I don't pay for a TV license. I just fork over a couple hundred bucks to the cable company like everybody else. I should look up, I guess, how many people actually depend on broadcast TV. I suspect not many.
Australia did away with radio and television licences in 1975 and decided to fund the ABC from general revenue instead.

A couple of years later, the government flirted with the reintroduction of TV licences. But by then, colour television had become standard and the licence fee for colour TVs would have been much higher than for their black and white counterparts. This killed the idea stone dead.
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Old 15th June 2019, 11:07 AM   #125
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Originally Posted by Bob001 View Post
in UK, the TV license is apparently required for all live viewing, including cable and internet streaming, not just over-the-air.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Televi...United_Kingdom



Do you really watch enough TV to pay a couple hundred dollars a month? That seems pretty high. Have you explored alternatives?

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/ho...o-if-you-cant/
The couple hundred includes phone an internet, so I was exaggerating a bit.
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Old 15th June 2019, 12:32 PM   #126
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Originally Posted by EHocking View Post
You don’t look to be older than 75.
Nowhere near it but I can still comment.
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Old 15th June 2019, 06:24 PM   #127
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Originally Posted by Vixen View Post
Nowhere near it but I can still comment.
I was going for a play on free for over 75s and your “I’m free”.




And obviously missed the mark . . . .
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