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Viewers who watch TV on computer face licence fee, minister

Postby sledge » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:28 am

Our UK residents pay a licence fee to have a TV in their homes which are enforced by the TV police in vans. They had the TV licence here in Australia in the 1960's but too many people didn't bother getting one so the Government gave up in enforcing and eventually scraped it. But now the UK Government wants to charge online viewers who can watch TV/Movies on their PC's/Laptops?

Viewers who watch television on their computers could pay a licence fee from early next year. eremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has hinted that he may discuss the plan with Mark Thompson, the Director General of the BBC, when the corporation's funding review takes place next year.

The Conservative MP appeared to hint on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that those who do not own a TV but watch programmes on their PCs and laptops through devices such as BBC's iPlayer may end up paying the £145.50 licence fee.


Currently online viewers are exempt, however, the increasing numbers of people opting to watch shows over the internet is leading to a rethink.
Mr Hunt said: "What we have said very clearly is that we accept the principle of the licence fee which is the idea, if you like, of a household tax to fund public service broadcasting that is ring-fenced.

"We think one of the reasons we have some of the best television and broadcasting in the world in this country is because we have these different streams of income, including the licence fee, including subscription income and including advertising.

"Now, the way we collect it may have to be rethought because technology is changing. A lot of people are watching TV on their PCs.
He added: "We are not goint to introduce a PC licence fee. That is something I do need to have discussions with the BBC to see what their ideas are."
Mr Hunt added that there had been no discussions about increasing the cost of the licence fee.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvan ... hints.html

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Re: Viewers who watch TV on computer face licence fee, minister

Postby Linnea » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:06 am

I think it's right up there with China's and North Korea's restriction on internet use. I never did understand that TV tax, I prefer my economy capitalistic rather than socialist.
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Re: Viewers who watch TV on computer face licence fee, minister

Postby sledge » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:41 pm

I think the way around in not paying a PC TV Tax is to just download your favourite TV Shows and Movies.
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Re: Viewers who watch TV on computer face licence fee, minister

Postby sledge » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:20 am

I bought myself a USB TV receiver and now wtach and record HD TV on my laptop. Its great mate! if i was in the UK they would be chasing me for a licence fee now. Bugger that! :bs:
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