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  • Will Riker
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    The TV licence is just criminal. I am paying for sometihng I do not use and thats just wrong.
    I only wactch SKY.
    So is it right to have to pay the criminal BBC and I can not see why it can not be a subscription like SKY is then you only have BBC if you wanted it and that is fair.

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    HBox
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    Greetings Star Trek fan. No it is not fair with the current TV licence setup. It needs to be reviewed.

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    Dirkyt
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    I always access BBC1,2 ITV1, CH4 and CH5 through my SKY Box.

    This is mainly because my aerial is dying.

    I do not agree with the TV Licence, as the Beeb doesn’t produce decent programmes anymore (Fame Academy, Strictly Dance Fever etc). I would grudge paying it even more if I was still in Bonnie Scotland, as Reporting Scotland is crap. However, this is not the arena for BBC discussions.

    Even with an array of new channels dear old auntie is nowhere near SKY.

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    You are not alone.

    Join the TVL Resistance and discuss at: http://www.tvlicensing.biz/phpbb2/index.ph…b26e88c258c4148

    Cheers

    Mickey

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    Will Riker
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    did that last week

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    I have to say I couldn’t disagree more.

    In my opinion the BBC provides the best broadcasting service I’ve seen. It’s programmes are often informative, educational and entertaining. The BBC’s use of Interactive services is far superior (in my opinion) and the integration of websites with their programmes superb (e.g. Digital Picture of Britian).

    I pay 100+ UKP for the BBC each year and 492UKP to Sky. Do I get 4 times better quality, service? In my opinion, I do not. Again, in my opinion, the BBC offers exceptional value for money.

    The media used (Satellite, Terrestial, Terestial Digital) is immaterial. The license fee funds the BBC. In the past few months I have made a conscious choice to monitor the channels I do watch. I invariably find that it is the BBC channels I’m usually drawn to. This is leading me to seriously consider my future membership and subscription to Sky, as I will be changing address soon.

    Having access to a freeview box has seriously questioned whether I will continue with satellite (or at least subscription satellite) in the future.

    I do appreciate that people should have a choice and with the license fee, they do not. I would still the license fee by choice. The BBC is, in my opinion, worth every single penny.

    #25381 Reply
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    I would like to state that the TVL Resistance movement is not trying to completely dismantle the BBC – this is not the objective. The main thrust of the TV Resistance campaign is to stop funding the BBC via the compulsory TV licence. If the Government wishes to introduce a voluntary subscription service, more commercialism or provide general taxation monies, so that the BBC can continue, then it would be supported.

    To summarise – my own, and the TV Resistance Group?s aim, is to challenge the anachronistic TV licence fee through legal and political action.

    Non-possession of a TV Licence makes it a criminal offence to watch not just the BBC but any TV programme from any off-air source. But beware this might soon included Internet WWW derived streaming media. N.B. a compulsory PC download Licence to fund the BBC. Fanciful? But it?s being talked about. Particularly as more and more TV programmes are “live” streamed. Not to mention G3 mobiles etc.

    It is believed that the requirement of a TV Licence or possible PC Licence is an infringement of our freedom to receive and impart information and hold opinions and ideas without interference by public authorities – as defined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Further, it is believed, that the UK Government?s continuing action of prosecuting UK citizens under the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1948 is illegal.?

    Just my thoughts – what about a Poll on Sky News?

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    Will Riker
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    mickey+Jun 24 2005, 03:09 PM–>(mickey @ Jun 24 2005, 03:09 PM)
    I would like to state that the TVL Resistance movement is not trying to completely dismantle the BBC – this is not the objective. The main thrust of the TV Resistance campaign is to stop funding the BBC via the compulsory TV licence. If the Government wishes to introduce a voluntary subscription service, more commercialism or provide general taxation monies, so that the BBC can continue, then it would be supported.

    To summarise – my own, and the TV Resistance Group?s aim, is to challenge the anachronistic TV licence fee through legal and political action.

    Non-possession of a TV Licence makes it a criminal offence to watch not just the BBC but any TV programme from any off-air source. But beware this might soon included Internet WWW derived streaming media. N.B. a compulsory PC download Licence to fund the BBC. Fanciful? But it?s being talked about. Particularly as more and more TV programmes are “live” streamed. Not to mention G3 mobiles etc.

    It is believed that the requirement of a TV Licence or possible PC Licence is an infringement of our freedom to receive and impart information and hold opinions and ideas without interference by public authorities – as defined in Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Further, it is believed, that the UK Government?s continuing action of prosecuting UK citizens under the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1948 is illegal.?

    Just my thoughts – what about a Poll on Sky News?

    Lets email sky news

    Keep the tvl
    stop the tvl

    poll

    #25383 Reply
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    I’ve tried asking Sky for a TVL poll but with NIL response. When you think about it SKY, ITV, Ch4 etc all have a vested interest in keeping the TVL going. Why? Because a commercial BBC would suck in more of the depleting TV advertising revenue.

    The model I’d like to see is the way the BBC World Service is run. Contrarily to popular belief it’s not financed from the TVL pot. But by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office budget. It shows commercial adverts and has programme sponsorship.

    People talk about Government interference but the Gov already contributes some ?450M directly to the BBC National service for free over 75 licences.

    There is a real alternative to the compulsory TVL that can still provide a first class quality Public TV Service. QED

    Mickey

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    DDP
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    You don’t need a licence to own a pet, or have kids. Living, breathing things that can either bring joy to your family with companionship or cause abject misery to a community.

    Yet I need a licence to use a television, regardless of if I actually use it for the purposes of watching a TV show. It is wrong for someone to be charged over a hundred quid when all they may well do is play video games or watch DVDs. :angry:

    #25385 Reply
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    Actually it?s a bit of a misnomer ? a TVL is only required to view off-air/cable TV programmes. A TVL is not required to own a TV set to watch pre-recorded tapes or DVD?s , play games etc. But to be careful the TV and/or Video/DVD should have it?s aerial disconnected and ideally be rendered incapable of receiving broadcasted TV signals.

    The wider question of TV live programmes being watch on the WWW has yet to be tested in the courts no one to date has been prosecuted for this. TVL authorities say you do need a licence but his is all-open to argument as the law is not specific. However the Gov in it?s Green paper on the future of the TVL mentions: that if viewing via the web becomes more popular than the conventional TV set then use of PC to receive streaming media may become licenceable.

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