I've only just discovered this tonight. Worth knowing that as long as you don't watch "live TV" ie as it's broadcast, or record it & don't use iplayer, you don't need to buy a TV licence.
Full facts HERE
Most packages include broadband these days.
I'm with Virgin and pay £60 per month.
Virgin broadband is expensive due to the fact they are the best in the market. No one can touch their speeds.
Moving house soon so I'm contacting Virgin and getting rid of the TV and keeping broadband.
Going to get one of those stick things. Fire stick?
TV size M - Free - Basically freeserve plus catch up TV and BBC iPlayer. ITV Hub More Five and a couple of others.
Broadband on the 30/20 package. = 30 Gb data per month @ 20 Mb Per Second.
Telephone calls free and caller display.
Cost £23.00 per month. I was paying £40 per month before I switched over to this.
I have Freesat TV -
The BBC are reported to be threatening to do away with the free license for the over 75's.
I do tend to watch the "mainstream" channels mostly. I really can't abide all these American sitcoms, cop shows. Reality channels. Crap like that.
We do like movies and sports but I'm not prepared to pay the high cost for Sky Movies/Sports.
If there are people who do actually pay £ hundreds for their package, then they want their bumps feeling!
Glynis: I called Virgin some months ago now and was told if I take away my TV channels I would be paying £40 for broadband only.
For this condition , it makes no exclusion of BBC channels, so appears safe to use for all channels.However you do not need a TV licence if you only watch content after it's been shown on television – UNLESS it's on iPlayer. TV programmes downloaded or streamed after broadcast on other catch-up services are fine without one though.
I would suggest TV catchup is a carefully chosen name, to emphasise that it’s ( technically) not live and therefore falls into the exempt category. Of course they will publish a disclaimer, to cover all bases, it’s the easy way out legally for them.
its interpretation of the phrase “after broadcast” which people will disagree on, I think.
Then it suggests YOU DO need a licence even if you do not watch the BBC. The wording of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1904. which was superceded by the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1924. refers tobroadcast receiving licences. Television licences always included a licence to receive radio broadcasts.
From 1971, only the reception of television transmissions required a licence, and radio-only licences ceased to be issued. If you note it does not say reception of BBC television transmissions only.
I have said elsewhere even if the government was to cut the BBC free turning it into a commercial station it is highly unlikely that they would willingly give up the £3.5 billion that it raises every year. It is also worth noting that the money also finances programming for S4C and the BBC World Service as well as to run BBC Monitoring at Caversham.
Catchup ie ITV hub etc is fine.
Basically, you can't watch any BBC unless you cough up for a TV license. Yet... I've watched BBC programmes abroad via their cable TV. I wonder how that works
Some of the earlier posters have mentioned the eye watering prices for Sky ,particularly for Sports.
However I haven't paid anything like full price for Sky for at least 5 years.
Every time the minimum contracted period approaches ,I phone Sky to cancel - it takes persistence but you can haggle a substantial discount to renew - currently I'm on the equivalent of 57% discount to full price. I have everything bar Cinema for £33 pm vs the standard price of £76.50pm.
I have had up to 75% discount in previous years.
However, I don't know what the situation is re watching via the iPlayer from outside of the UK. I assume that it can be accessed via the Net both for downloads and live streaming but that the BBC would have no way of policing that? We have some members, eg Judith, who lives outside of the UK and whom I think does watch some BBC programmes via the iPlayer from outside of the UK so perhaps she'll see this and comment?
Everytime to access iplayer you have to confirm you have a TV license.
We are able to watch the programs that are broadcast over the Sky satellites as where we live falls within their footprint. Legally these programs aren't available abroad. Many expats living in Central/Northern Europe receive the programs and we pay the normal monthly fee to Sky, using an address in the UK. I'm sure that Sky know that this occurs but are not willing to forfeit the income received so turn a blind eye. We have had Sky for many years and were really pleased when a few years ago they started broadcasting the five old terrestrial channels. We just pay the basic Sky package as we aren't interested in sports or films.
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