There are many things that are totally wack in the UK. The main one that I find completely appalling is the TV Licence. (No, I didn’t mispell that). The basic gist of it is that you have to pay a fee for the bloody telly in the form of an annual licencing fee to watch your TV. Yes, to watch that TV you own…even to just get TV signals from the airwaves.
The 2007/2008 colour TV licence costs Â£11.29 per month – about 37p per day for each household. It is free if you are over 75, half-price if you are registered blind.
The annual cost (set by the Government) is currently Â£135.50. A black and white TV licence is Â£45.50. There is no radio licence. There are regulations governing the licensing of second homes, residential homes, hotels, students or special situations.
Thank you, Queen, for throwing the physically impaired folks a bone….Â£67.75 if you are blind. What a deal!
Generally you can get a package of broadband, TV, phone that has everything in it. Alternatively you could buy a Freeview box that allows you to get programming for free afterwards. I always preach avoiding the recurring costs, hence this is good if you don’t get the package deal. The problem is that bloody licence fee which is a recurring 135.50gbp cost. Bloody hell.
So why tax the working class for using a TV?
Yes, folks, this gets better. Get this:
The BBC is paid for directly through each household TV licence. This allows it to run a wide range of popular public services for everyone, free of adverts and independent of advertisers, shareholders or political interests. 92.5% of the UK population used the BBC every month in 2006/2007.
BBC World Service is funded by Government grant and not your TV licence. Profits from separate BBC commercial services help to keep the licence fee low.
WTF. Are you telling me that the BBC forces a fee on everyone in the UK that owns a television to pay for its programming regardless of whether you want to watch it or not? On top of that, are you telling me that the BBC cannot sustain itself on ads like every other TV network in the world? The BBC is not completely bad, but I’d rather watch some female hygiene ads than pay a licencing fee. As a matter of fact, I would just not watch the BBC altogether…they don’t have SuperNanny and Gilmore Girls anyways. Yes, they are US shows for a mang’s mang.
So how do I not pay for my TV?
Being a professional in the online security space, I always think about how the fraudsters and scammers would think. Those bad horrible people that try to avoid the hideous absurd television tax.
You could just not pay it, but then you will face the wrath of the TV Detectors. Yes, straight out of the Twilight Zone:
Do I detect pr0n?
Basically BBC states that there is a fleet of TV detection vans that patrol the city to look for fee avoiders. As the Brits would say, this is most certainly rubbish. Naturally there are “anti-TV licence” groups out there that have their own points of view.
3. Downloading of American TV Shows
I much prefer ad-supported TV networks where I can personally avoid the ads via Tivo. Since I don’t have a Tivo here, and because the shows in London are all rubbish (except for the Gordon Ramsey shows), I think I will just stay away from the British shows altogether. Cheers to the Internet and F the BBC.