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Old 01-21-2017, 02:24 PM
 
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In the UK you have to have a license if you own a TV. This is to offset the costs of govt broadcasting.
Don't some people in the UK think this is absurd? I'm an American and I delight in telling friends that you have to have a license in the UK just to own a TV.


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Old 01-21-2017, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I'm not sure how this is an electronics issue?

Judging the overall quality of the writing and acting of BBC fare compared to what came out at the same time in the U.S., it worked. Technically, there were issues with BBC fare though. Sound engineers were not as good, the rule of "film outside, video inside" made for bizarre cuts.
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Old 01-21-2017, 05:58 PM
 
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Actually, you do not need a licence to own a TV.
If you never turn it on, they will not find it.
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Old 01-22-2017, 01:41 AM
 
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Actually, you do not need a licence to own a TV.
If you never turn it on, they will not find it.
When we lived in Germany, we needed a "license" to watch TV and listen to Radio !
I have actually seen the van they use to hunt Black Lookers ...
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:58 AM
 
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The UK licence is £145/year which works out at $15/month at current exchange rates. For that you get 68 TV channels and 32 digital radio channels through 'Freeview' at no additional cost. So, although it sounds like a luny idea, it's actually is a pretty good deal.
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:49 AM
 
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The UK licence is £145/year which works out at $15/month at current exchange rates. For that you get 68 TV channels and 32 digital radio channels through 'Freeview' at no additional cost. So, although it sounds like a luny idea, it's actually is a pretty good deal.
Yes, that is a decent deal considering that here cable or satellite will cost a lot more than that and still have taxes added to them at about $6-7.
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:47 AM
 
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The UK licence is £145/year which works out at $15/month at current exchange rates. For that you get 68 TV channels and 32 digital radio channels through 'Freeview' at no additional cost. So, although it sounds like a luny idea, it's actually is a pretty good deal.
Also UK has as many broadcast towers as USA for an area that is a fraction of the size. The British government tries to send a free signal to much higher percentage of the population. Also they have abandoned the VHF frequencies that were ideal for 1950's era television in favor of UHF frequencies which are much better suited for digital television.

USA has Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) which is funded primarily by donations, which has earned the nickname "Primarily British Series".

While Netflix has roughly 50 million USA subscriptions, it has 45 million foreign subscriptions and is growing rapidly. Television may increasingly become an international phenomena. The BBC has a stellar reputation for drama, even though comedy is sometimes impenetrable outside of it's home country.

Every country in Europe has a TV tax. I believe that Switzerland's tax rate is several times as high as it is in the UK.

Lastly, the television tax collector in the UK was a reliable source of jokes on Monty Python.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Yes, that is a decent deal considering that here cable or satellite will cost a lot more than that and still have taxes added to them at about $6-7.
I prefer what we have in the US, where I pay for what I want and don't need a license to watch TV. I get the free over the air TV channels, around $7.00 for NetFlix, and with an Apple TV controlling the smart TV I can watch (play back) any of the free TV shows that I miss. The same for radio.
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Old 02-01-2017, 12:54 AM
 
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I prefer what we have in the US, where I pay for what I want and don't need a license to watch TV. I get the free over the air TV channels, around $7.00 for NetFlix, and with an Apple TV controlling the smart TV I can watch (play back) any of the free TV shows that I miss. The same for radio.
Commercial broadcasting has a vastly different history in the UK that someone from the USA can scarcely imagine. A 1962 government report said that the public had no interest in commercial radio broadcasting. So when transistor radios were transforming the US teenage culture, Brits had to make do with pirate radio that operated from ships just offshore of the territorial waters.

Roughly 22 million TV private TV viewing licenses are paid in the UK (population of 60 million) which provides the bulk of BBC income. While millions of people would undoubtedly rather spend their $15 a month on a streaming service, the majority of the country probably feels that the BBC provides a national identity.
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Old 02-01-2017, 03:06 AM
 
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The UK licence is £145/year which works out at $15/month at current exchange rates. For that you get 68 TV channels and 32 digital radio channels through 'Freeview' at no additional cost. So, although it sounds like a luny idea, it's actually is a pretty good deal.
How does it work out if one uses a TV only to watch "canned" such as DVDs and Tape from units but no actual channels?
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