In the last 7 years or so, I have saved over £1,000 by not giving the BBC a single penny of my money. Partly as a protest to their biased broadcasting arrogance and partly as the Digital Revolution has taken hold, the anachronism of the TV Licence and the traditional way we used to watch broadcast becoming more obsolete, it is an irrelevance in my life and ergo, I have viewed it as an optional tax.
My setup at home consists of a SmartTV connected to the house LAN and on the LAN there’s a cable internet connection via a router. There are other devices connected to the LAN which enable me to stream media content around the house, such as films, DVDs and Netflix and Sky GO. I can also view iPlayer and other catchup.
Some of these devices are secured on the LAN only so that no connection to the internet can be made, others can be isolated at the touch of a button. Other devices such as PCs can be internet live or not but in summary, I have a normal LLF setup and there are no aerials, tuners or tuned Sky Boxes connecting to any device. I can, however, view Live Broadcast should the need ever arise via the internet.
In the early days, when the Threatograms first arrived, I had a visit from a Capita salesman. It was in the afternoon and he identified himself as someone from TV Licensing and he wanted to setup a licence for me. I said I didn’t need one and closed the door.
In the end I stuck a WOIRA notice on my property and I had no more visits, apart from one guy who drove up, got out of his car, scratched his head, made a phone call then drove off. After four years (!!) I got an acknowledgement of the WOIRA and the letters stopped.
[I do not advise anyone to take out a WOIRA – it’s not necessary – it’s just that I’m having fun with them and I know what I’m doing]
The Threatograms have returned after two years, so I’m currently sending a letter to Capita Business Services Ltd charging them a processing fee for their Threatograms and hopefully taking them to small claims for the payment. It has been done before and as I said, I’m just being deliberately obtuse with them.
The money I’ve saved from not paying the TV Licence fee has paid for Ms Geeks flight to New York this year plus some spending money.
The TV Licence fee will eventually be removed, either by the cost of recovering it being too expensive as more people stop paying for one, or they will move to a subscription service to back up the fully commercial arm of the BBC: The BBC Worldwide service.
Since moving away from the EU, I suspect the German method of a separate household tax guaranteed by the authorities by removing the amount from your bank account should you not pay, as very remote.
The whole theatre of protecting the TV Licence fee (and more importantly the Elites with BBC pensions) is atypical of what is wrong with the State and its people. A deception that is clever in how it plays to our subservient nature, a mafia style collection agency that is separated by trademark from the BBC that uses threat and intimidation to bully you into buying something that you may not need (but you feel you ought to do it, just to be safe).
The DVLA doesn’t send me threating letters each month demanding whether I’ve bought a car. My local fishing authority doesn’t send me threatening letters demanding to know whether I’ve bought a fishing rod and whether I’ve been going fishing. Only the BBC can get away with this aggressive behaviour and it’s about time people turn around and stop it themselves. Politicians are not going to do it. It’s part of their political armoury. They need the State broadcaster to propagandise their message to you and ultimately, control your behaviour.
You have to have a sneaking admiration for the low cost way of intimidating the population into paying £4b a year to the BBC. TV licenced addresses cross-checked from a database containing over 31 million household addresses (the LASSY database) and then a series of automated letters to threaten people into submission. Add on a few threatening adverts about the fake TV Detector Vans and there you have it – pure mafia style intimidation at the lowest costs possible. It’s also very effective.
As a last remark, from September onwards the iPlayer will require payment of the TV Licence in order to watch not just live broadcast but catchup services as well.
Needless to say, it’s totally unenforceable so I and many others shall be carrying on as before (not that I watch any catchup on BBC, of course).
And this is the whole point of the anachronistic nature of the TV Licence – it no longer has any place in the Digital Age.