Whilst we are here, we can watch TV and are currently tuned to a station showing old movies, old TV series, and countless ads for life insurance, car insurance, property insurance, loans (with a 1027% APR, holy shit!!), TV packages, PPI claims, lawyers, pensions, bingo, on-line gambling and a variety of charities, plus of course the repeated trailers for forthcoming programmes. Of all the other channels available, this is the least tedious imho and OK for background noise.
In the UK, we have to pay a TV licence.
Source: Official TV Licensing site :
You need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record TV as it’s being broadcast. This includes the use of devices such as a computer, laptop, mobile phone or DVD/video recorder
It costs £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.
If you are over 75, you do not have to pay a licence fee, and if you are blind, your fee is reduced.
A lot of people watch ‘catch up’ TV (i.e. after the original broadcast), a legitimate way of not needing to have a licence.
A lot more people are ditching the drool box altogether as it’s just a mass of repeats and not considered good value for money (at Christmas, I believe repeated programmes equated to something like 68%, if not higher).
Soap Box Moment:
The Powers That Be have decided that the licensing fee needs to be reviewed and revamped. This has been in the wind for years, but a change is now likely to come into force within 10 years, once a plan has been approved.
One idea is to have it as a HOUSEHOLD TAX, included in our council (local) taxes.
It won’t matter if you don’t have a TV or watch previously broadcast programmes later on a computer or similar, everyone will have to pay.
The ‘Pay as you view’ idea is deemed to be too complicated (having to monitor what is watched in each household and charging accordingly) which some believe would work out more expensive as the more you watched, the more you’d pay.
Already many households have subscription TV packages, but a TV licence is still required, so it’s unlikely the fee would be tacked on to that as it would then come under the ‘Pay as you view’ umbrella.
There are also rumours that the free licence at 75 is to be scrapped in the coming years.
I have no objection to paying local taxes (contributions to the police, road maintenance, councils, education, refuse collection and the like, and yes, we do have to pay this even living on a boat). I DO however object to having to pay for ‘a luxury’ that we cannot afford, have no interest or enjoyment in and therefore choose not to have.
Next will be a Inch Tax on the actual size of your set.