Product Type: other TV channels
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BBC TV License
Member Name: ReviewMe
Advantages: No breaks during programmes
Disadvantages: Unfair for non-BBC viewers
I hate TV License with a passion as I receive no benefit from it.
A TV License is required by anyone that watches or records television programs, whether it is on a TV set, computer or mobile phone. The money from the TV License goes towards the BBC and as a "thank you" they do not have breaks half way through shows like ITV. If you are caught watching TV without a license then you will be fined and the enforcers are quite active in surveying neighbourhoods and sending out letters.
The only advantage that I can see personally do this license is that if BBC are showing a film then you get to watch the whole film without having breaks every 15 minutes, making a 2 hour film last roughly another 30 minutes.
I do not watch BBC channels. I have a TV, I pay for my TV License, but I do not watch BBC channels therefore what am I actually paying for? I feel as though I have bought a car and not drove it ... pointless right? I love Channel 4, E4, Fiver and Five US. I can spend a lazy day off work flicking through these channels and find something to watch. However the BBC never have anything on that interests me, so I do not believe that I should pay for a TV license when I am not using BBC services.
I cannot see the BBC scrapping the TV License any time soon, because most households have at least one colour TV. This means that most households in the UK are paying £145.50 a year, which equates to a lot of money for the BBC. Alternatively, technology could be used to block BBC channels from a TV if that household has not paid their TV license. People that watch the BBC News and Eastenders etc would have to pay, while people like me watching Friends on E4 would not.
Summary: You should not be charged for a service that you do not use.