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    QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    On top of energy and council tax rises, is the £154.50 licence fee deemed good value?
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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Good value is so subjective. Do I get good value from it? Probably not. I probably watch about 3 hours of bbc a week on average, so that works out about a pound an hour.

    I know that I COULD watch it for more but choose not to, so I'm going to say yes - good value based on potential usage, but not on actual usage.

    I'd like to see iplayer mandate the tv license number to access it rather than just trusting you to answer truthfully.

    Nor do I think pensioners be exempt.
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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Yes I do pay it, and yes I believe it's worth it.

    The BBC provides so much content that can benefit a lot of people and it does so in various ways, without ad breaks as it always has.

    Whether there is a better way for them to go about it, I don't know, but it is certainly crucial that it continues to be funded.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    No, don't watch TV and i think the BBC is rubbish
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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Nope, exempt anyway, but also a cord cutter who doesn't see any value what-so-ever in the TV License or the programs it produces.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    The BBC does provide a lot of good content, especially BBC2 & BBC4 but at the same time it's news reporting is clearly biased and I think a publicly funded broadcasting body should be completely impartial. It's not blatant bias but the reporting is "presented" in such a way as to subtley influence the less critical viewer.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    All that content - advert free - and aimed at all sectors of society; and all for less than the cost of a pint of beer a week? Absolutely good value for money!
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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    My views on this have definitely shifted in the past few years. I used to be a huge supporter of the TV license, but now the bulk of our viewing is done on Netflix and Amazon with the very odd occassion that I might watch something live on a channel OTHER THAN the BBC (F1 or Football) - therefore I do not see why I should have to pay for something I don't watch. The BBC (and others funded by the TV license) should get with the times and move to a subscription service for its programs or sell their programs/content to other subscription services. This cannot go on for much longer.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    In addition to the above - why do they think its OK to harass people and make them feel like criminals if they do not have one? Their tactics are absolutely ruthless, letters, surveillance, people banging down your door.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    No i don't watch TV

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Irish state broadcaster RTE has advertising on both radio and TV; they want €160 for a license.

    I can't remember when I last watched a live broadcast, maybe the world cup, I do check out iPlayer every now and then, so I guess that considering the lack of ads, I don't mind paying it.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    I do pay for it but it does not represent good value for money for me. Every show I have ever liked except Top Gear has gone, Sky and BT have nabbed all the decent sport and it's just full of reality crap. I watch Netflix more than anything and could easily do without terrestrial TV as I think I watch about 2% worth of what my licence costs...if that.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    All that content - advert free - and aimed at all sectors of society; and all for less than the cost of a pint of beer a week? Absolutely good value for money!
    For me, that.

    Is there a better way?

    Arguably (and no doubt someone will) .... yes. General taxation.

    If you are being taxed you have an income. Fund BBC etc from that.

    It will be far harder to evade, and while we'recat it, we can stop paying for all the enforcement action, wasted court time and, by the way, stop harrassing people that have made the perfectly legal decision to not watch anything that requires a licence.

    And I agree with the suggestion earlier about requiring a licence number, and some form of pin/code, to access iPlayer.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Nope. Haven't had live TV for 5 years now, and don't miss it either to be honest. Even though I'm paying for Netflix and Prime, it still works out less per year than the TV license the BBC imposes on people, even if they aren't watching BBC channels. They need to modernise really, because in a generation's time, the TV license won't be a reliable source of income for them.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    Not me, I stopped years ago when I stopped watching tv, I'd rather spend £154 on something I'm going to watch more than an average of 16 or so hours a year (Top Gear). If I want to watch topgear now I watch with my neighbor who has a full tv licence and sky subscription.

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    Re: QOTW: Do you pay the TV licence fee?

    My problem is their attitude when you're not paying. You're treated like a criminal. I legitimately didn't have a TV licence, paid for individual shows from the BBC store (when it existed) and bought other things on DVD. I received several threatening letters which were basically trying to con and threaten me into paying, making out I was a criminal. I just decided that Amazon Prime was better for what I wanted and the BBC had NOTHING I wanted to watch. I personally think they should migrate to a subscription model and stop threatening people. They send someone to your door and "caution" you like a copper. They have no right to be doing this and you are not under any kind of caution, but they act like they have enforcement power when really they're just agents of Crapita pretending to be coppers and threatening people.

    The BBC does have a political purpose as well, it's used internationally to generate "soft power" for the UK and its interests. Like RT.

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