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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 03 Jan 23 3.57pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

Just the 4 mentioned cost around £30 a week, without their Sunday versions. So at least twice as much!

And that's compulsory is it? On pain of a criminal record.

 

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Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

And that's compulsory is it? On pain of a criminal record.

The license fee isnít compulsory either. The criminal record would only be earned if you watched in ways which require a license but you donít have one.

 

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Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

The license fee isnít compulsory either. The criminal record would only be earned if you watched in ways which require a license but you donít have one.

For all practical purposes you need to have a TV licence.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 03 Jan 23 4.52pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

The license fee isnít compulsory either. The criminal record would only be earned if you watched in ways which require a license but you donít have one.

It's compulsory to watch any live programme on any channel or streaming service. Make it voluntary and see how many people think it's a good deal.

 

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View Wisbech Eagle's Profile Wisbech Eagle Flag Truro Cornwall 03 Jan 23 7.45pm Send a Private Message to Wisbech Eagle Add Wisbech Eagle as a friend

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Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

It's compulsory to watch any live programme on any channel or streaming service. Make it voluntary and see how many people think it's a good deal.

The license is compulsory if you watch but watching is no more compulsory than buying a newspaper.

 

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View MrWhyNot's Profile MrWhyNot Flag 03 Jan 23 7.51pm Send a Private Message to MrWhyNot Add MrWhyNot as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

It's compulsory to watch any live programme on any channel or streaming service. Make it voluntary and see how many people think it's a good deal.

You apparently don't need one for on demand content on Netflix so that could be a decent option for some.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 03 Jan 23 10.34pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

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The license is compulsory if you watch but watching is no more compulsory than buying a newspaper.

That's a daft argument. Road tax is only compulsory if you own a car. Why should people have to pay when they don't watch the BBC?

 

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View Wisbech Eagle's Profile Wisbech Eagle Flag Truro Cornwall 03 Jan 23 10.49pm Send a Private Message to Wisbech Eagle Add Wisbech Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Teddy Eagle

That's a daft argument. Road tax is only compulsory if you own a car. Why should people have to pay when they don't watch the BBC?

Itís the same argument plus another!

The license is not just for the BBC! Itís for all live TV but intended to fund our national broadcaster in a fair way that keeps it away from political influence.

Maybe you donít believe that is a worthwhile compromise. I do.

 

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View Teddy Eagle's Profile Teddy Eagle Flag 03 Jan 23 11.29pm Send a Private Message to Teddy Eagle Add Teddy Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

Itís the same argument plus another!

The license is not just for the BBC! Itís for all live TV but intended to fund our national broadcaster in a fair way that keeps it away from political influence.

Maybe you donít believe that is a worthwhile compromise. I do.

So why does all the money go to the BBC? Face it. This is a con.

 

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View MrWhyNot's Profile MrWhyNot Flag 04 Jan 23 2.58am Send a Private Message to MrWhyNot Add MrWhyNot as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

Itís the same argument plus another!

The license is not just for the BBC! Itís for all live TV but intended to fund our national broadcaster in a fair way that keeps it away from political influence.

Maybe you donít believe that is a worthwhile compromise. I do.

It only really funds the BBC though doesn't it? I do appreciate their role and purpose, but at the same time nowsadays are they significantly different to the likes of ITV? And such of the type of content that was heralded years back, such as the nature programmes, can now be found on Netflix and elsewhere. There's an argument to be made for their news output, but even with that they are somewhat beholden to political tides. As a balance i'd be more inclinded to support a slimmed down BBC.

Enforement wise I wish they would basically just say if you watch BBC you have to pay for it. Shifting the goalposts to it being live TV doesn't seem to be particularly reasonable. I've known a few people to genuinely ditch live TV and they still get checked on every year or so, to make sense they're being honest. It's a bit too bully boy for my liking, especially in tough times like this where every penny can count.

 

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View MrWhyNot's Profile MrWhyNot Flag 04 Jan 23 3.05am Send a Private Message to MrWhyNot Add MrWhyNot as a friend

Originally posted by Wisbech Eagle

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The license is compulsory if you watch but watching is no more compulsory than buying a newspaper.

You're right that it's not compulsary, but to reitterate the point, lumping most streaming services and other live TV in there - I assume just in case people are secretly watching the Beeb - doesn't seem fair. That is effectively a charge of unrelated services to twist your arm into paying for another and I do think such an approach is on borrowed time.

 

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Joining this late in the day, my position is I think the BBC is way better value than Netflix for example. I regularly use the BBC website, R4, R5, BBC Local Radio, BBC2, BBC4 and the Iplayer.

Yes BBC telly is full of repeats and perhaps there are economies that could be made. However I think overall it's fantastic value and remains the envy of much of the world. Best of all it is politically independent. Which upsets the party in power no matter what the colour. No bad thing.

 


I have now sufficient funds to last me the rest of my life. Provided I don't buy anything.

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