Marc's X7, Rants, Raves & Everything Else

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 13:19

But like ITV Hub - if you want ad free catch up, you can subscribe and pay to have no ads.

I'm thinking of pensioners - who could at least have a TV service without having to cough up £154 a year - just suffer a few more ads which 95% of terrestrial channels have already - and what does the BBC offer - zilch. It's not impartial on the news and current affairs, and IMO needs to stand alone. I object profusely to paying for something I do not use.

I guess there will be arguments one way or the other - but regardless, there's no denying it is an unjust tax as there is no choice and the fee should be scrapped.

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Post by Paul-R » 03 Oct 2019, 13:27

GiveMeABreak wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 13:19
But like ITV Hub - if you want ad free catch up, you can subscribe and pay to have no ads.
I didn't know that but I have absolutely no intention of paying when I can pull the programmes out of the ether onto my PVR.
GiveMeABreak wrote:
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... and what does the BBC offer - zilch...
Sorry Marc, you're way out of order there. The BBC is a national resource and should be cherished and protected.
GiveMeABreak wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 13:19
...there's no denying it is an unjust tax as there is no choice and the fee should be scrapped.
But I do deny it. And I'm not alone.

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 13:32

We'll have to disagree on that front Paul

If I don't like the tax rates set by my government - I can vote to remove them.
If I don't like my local MP - I can vote them out.
If I don't like my current streaming service - I can cancel it.
If I don't like the content of a magazine or newspaper - I have a choice not to buy it.

But with this Licence fee tax I don't have a choice - I have to pay for the derisory content whether I watch it or not - taxation without representation - completely undemocratic and unjust.

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Post by Paul-R » 03 Oct 2019, 13:42

By the by. The TV licence isn't a BBC tax, it's a licence to operate a TV. So that you can watch ITV or whatever as well.

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 13:46

I have to disagree Paul, from TV licencing:
Over 90% of the licence fee is spent on BBC TV channels, radio stations, BBC iPlayer and online services
so if that's not funding the BBC I don't know what is.

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Post by Paul-R » 03 Oct 2019, 13:50

It may mostly go to fund the BBC but it's not a direct transfer. As I say, it's a licence to operate a TV.

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Post by myglaren » 03 Oct 2019, 14:08

I pay the licence fee and probably watch about ten hours of TV a year.

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Post by Stickyfinger » 03 Oct 2019, 14:29

Remember, if one of those "licence checking officers" comes round....tell them to Sling their Hooks as they are just employees paid to try and frighten you, they ARE NOT "OFFICERS" of anything.

If you do not watch terrestrial Tv and do not use IPlayer you do not need to pay the licence fee.........you can even fill out a form declaring such to stop them writing to you.
AND.....NO, they cannot detect your "signals"

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 14:39

Quite right Alasdair - you can deny them entry by removing any implied right of entry - but they can of course come back with a search warrant.

The problem now is that the check extends to tablets, PCs sart phones, Xboxes and the like - so trying to prove you are not watching live TV is almost impossible. As an example, if you have BT sports package with your broadband - even though you pay for it, you still need a licence to watch anything 'live'.

It's why the whole thing is totally flawed - trying to prove anyone is or isn't watching live TV is a joke. I can't for example disable my Freesat because it's built into my TV. I can only remove the satellite feed - but where does it end - I can't for example remove iPlayer off my Smart TVs as it's a default App! on these TVs!

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Post by myglaren » 03 Oct 2019, 15:18

I had BT TV removed when my son moved out - I despise anything sport related so had no use whatsoever for it.
Only watch iPlayer but have to have a licence for that. With any luck I'll get it free in three years :)

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 15:21

Dream on Steve! They'll probably only give a free licence to those over 110 with both parents alive. :rofl2:

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Post by myglaren » 03 Oct 2019, 15:24

More than likely.

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Post by Gibbo2286 » 03 Oct 2019, 18:03

On the BBC and the licence I note that they produced the pay rates for presenters recently and was amazed that Laura Kuensberg the political front is on £250 grand a year basic, the prime minister's rate is £158 grand, something not quite right there I think.

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Post by GiveMeABreak » 03 Oct 2019, 18:10

Exactly - that's where I got Linekar's salary from - just for presenting. I mean Claudia Winkle something or other - she's on £370k!! For what? Utterly shameful. If the BBC want to compete, then I suggest their charter is withdrawn and they float themselves on the stock exchange.

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Post by mickthemaverick » 03 Oct 2019, 18:14

GiveMeABreak wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 11:35
I'm with you on all this ^ But I must of lost the plot on the Boots one Mick - just not getting that?? Maybe I'm trying to over-analyse it :rofl2:

Perhaps its me but I read that as saying that "the goods will be available if they are available". I read that as if they were saying "the goods will be blue if they are blue" :?