Product Type: other TV channels
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Member Name: jojo8948
Advantages: The BBC
Disadvantages: There aren't more channels with no adverts included in it
I find the tv licence a really strange bill. Mine is set up on direct debit so I virtually see nothing of it, and forget about it until the annual statement arrives, telling me how much the next year will cost. I think at the moment it's about £12.00 a month, which doesn't sound a huge amount but that works out at £144 a year, which is a lot for some people.
I know that some people think they have the right to not pay the licence and run the risk. I think this is actually a bit silly, because if you get caught without one, there are massive fines, and I don't think it's worth the risk.
I think you can get discount from your tv licence if you only have a black and white tv (because there's so many of those around), or if you are partially sighted.
The tv licence is actually one of those bills, which when you move house, isn't a complete and utter nightmare. You can simply call a number from the bill, and change it over the phone, they tell you that no paperwork will be sent out, but that you are still covered. I personally found this a huge relief when moving, as every other company seems to make it the most difficult thing in the world, when it's something so simple, that so many people do.
I personally quite like the tv licence, it basically goes towards paying for the BBC channels, which do produce some of the best programmes around. Granted a lot of them are pretty old fashioned and not all that interesting but when you see David Attenborough's "life" or the current Tropic of Cancer series, you realise it might be worth paying. Also, as the BBC has the licence fee, they have no need for advertisements, which I personally find really great, as their programmes actually last an hour, or half an hour. I would actually pay slightly more to not see any adverts on other channels.
I personally don't mind paying my tv licence as I like the BBC and no adverts, but I do understand that some people get annoyed with it.
Summary: I don't mind it, but I know some people do.
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