Do you grudge paying for your tv licence?

@jugsjugs (13045)
January 28, 2010 6:30pm CST
I think that the amount of money that they charge for a tv licence is well over the top as there are alot of times people can not watch tv as they are at work etc as well as there are alot of people that are like me and there are only a few programs on that i watch as well as that are on sky.What do you think do you think they should do a pay per view or pay per hour tv licence or what?
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
29 Jan 10
Hi Jug Jugs, I totally agree with you, the price of the TV license is ridiculous. Our TV license fee went up this year as well. Even if we were never to watch any of the terrestrial channels at all, or just use the television just to watch DVDs on, we would still need a license just for having a television in the house! It does just all seem a little unfair in my opinion.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
12 Feb 10
I think with all the repeats they keep putting on as well as all the adverts then they should give us all a discount.I spend more time on the pc then i do watching the tv,as the programs are always being repeated the same as all the films and when it is football season they do not show all the normal soaps that are the only things i like to watch.I am soo pleased that i can record things on the tv as that way if there is something on in the early hours of the morning then at least i can record it to watch when there is nothing on the tv.Even in the early hours of the morning there is nothing much on worth watching either.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Feb 10
They seem to repeat everything so much for what reason it is anyone's guess. I am glad to be able to record TV programmes that are on late or when I am not in to watch when there is nothing on. I think with more TV shows and movies being shown online, I think a lot of people will be using their PCs more than watching ore than watching the TV. If you are ever stuck for something to watch, check out Justin.tv, they always have some good movies or TV shows playing online all the time.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
31 Jan 10
I've never heard of a tv license, but I am assuming that it is something like cable bills?? If I am correct in this assumption, then I think that the price that they ask for it is astronomical. Our bill is far too high in my opinion, but is is one of the few things that I consider to be a luxury that we can't live without. I think it would be wonderful to have a very low base rate for the lower channels and then have a PPH rate for the higher, digital channels.
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@littleowl (7157)
8 Feb 10
Hi dorannmwin, Here in the UK we have to pay for a TV License and that is just for owning or having one telvision in your home..if you dont then it is against the law and you can get a fine for it, how much depends on how long you haven't paid for a License..as for watching the channels that is already free apart from if you have Sky or Cable then obviously you have to pay for those separatley- so in all it really depends on how extravagant you want to be when having a tv here or how much you can afford. As for me I totally disagree with the TV Licensing other countries don't have it so why should we? Hope that explins it a bit better for you...LoLo
• Canada
29 Jan 10
What the heck is a TV licence? I don't think we have that in Canada, as i have never heard of it. I don't know if they have it in the USA either, because if they did, I probably would have heard about it by now. It sounds interesting though.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
29 Jan 10
It is where you have one set amount to pay for the whole year that is for everyone to pay if they have a tv.So even if you only watch an hour a day tv and say other people watched say 10 hours aday the years bill would be the same.If you do not buy a tv licence and you get caught then you get a fine as well as you get to pay for the years licence that you had not bought.
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• United States
29 Jan 10
I don't know what you mean by license. I don't pay anything but a cable bill. Yes I think the bill is high for me to pay. I would love to cut down on my cable as well. But,my daughter really wants these channels. When I move I will not get all of these channels in my home.
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@jugsjugs (13045)
29 Jan 10
I do not have cable so have to pay per year no matter how much tv you watch you get to pay the same as everyone else.There are alot of repeats on the tv all the time as well as there are alot of things that i would not watch as they do not interest me.Do you have to pay per year or is it like pay per view for the cable that you have.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Feb 10
There is no TV license here and most places you can get the network channels for free with an antenna. A lot of people do pay an extra fee for either cable TV or Satellite TV, which gets you a lot of extra channels.
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@lelin1123 (15644)
• Puerto Rico
29 Jan 10
I know exactly what you mean the prices are ridiulous. They are not going to do anything about it till everyone gets together and starts canceling their cable. Once that happens it will trickle down to the cable companies to the shows on tv and their ratings to the actors and actresses losing jobs. We have so much control of what happens in this world but people don't do anything about it. The prices would drop so fast once everyone cancelled their cable. I know I could do it without a problem. In fact with so many show now on the internet why pay for cable when you can watch your favorite show on the computer and only pay for internet service.
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29 Jan 10
Hi jugs, Yes, I do think we are pay far too much for the TV licence and we are only paying for the BBC, its too much, I only watch Eastenders and Strictly come dancing when its on, I watch Sky most times, so really we ar3e paying for programmes that we are not watching, this is so wrong, also most of the programme they have on its a load of rubbish. Tamara
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@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
29 Jan 10
We don't pay a TV license fee in the US. Most of us do pay for cable service. That may be the same thing. It isn't fair for the people that don't watch tv. But the companies probably think you don't need the service then. Most cable companies have a pay per-view or on-demand, but I think it is different from what your talking about. If you have that service you can watch a number of shows or movies whenever you want, and stop them whenever you want. It is kind of like renting a movie, you can fast forward or pause or reverse. Even an hourly fee would not be fair. If you have to sign up for a certain number of hours a week, some weeks you might not watch that much. I think maybe the best thing the cable companies could do would be drop their rates and then you could afford the service you want.
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@bucketkid (239)
• Australia
15 Feb 10
we dont have to pay for tv in australia. we have 5 channels although it is changing now so that we will get around 15-20 including a designated sports channel etc. we do have a 'cable' system as well though. it is too expensive for the average joe. i dont understand why the government charges you for tv. that is just ridiculous.
@littleowl (7157)
8 Feb 10
Hi JJ, In one answer YES I do begrudge having to pay for my TV license-for one a lot of programmes on tv nowadays are repeats you never have new programmes coming out apart from these reality programmes and Americ's Australia's and England's Top Model-why cant they do decent programmes for a change ones that are comedys, sience fiction dramas. I don't watch a lot of tv and mainly when I do it is the History Channel or Nat Geo' on sky informative ones..there are also a couple of series I like to watch but my tv is off most of the time and that even goes for in the evening when there is certainty nothing interesting is on..so WHY pay a TV licencse at all? I don't think anyone should have to..it was only the BBC that decided we should in the first place. LoLo
@MsTickle (24983)
• Australia
7 Feb 10
Television and radio licenses were got rid of in Australia in the early seventies. If they were brought back I guess I would pay but I will never pay for TV...not while ever there is free to air TV There's more than enough on television for me to watch as it is. I will certainly not be paying for it.
@jkcokley (267)
• United States
31 Jan 10
oh may, If I paid for all the time my tv was on and no one - no one was actually watching. I would be in huge trouble. Sometimes when I'm alone I put the tv on just to have noise. Although if I only paid per view - there would be a lot less tv happening in this house and a lot more book reading.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Hello Jugs In the USA, we do not have to pay per year or have a license to own and watch a TV. The regular networks are free, so the only cost is the initial expense of the TV and whatever it might cost in the way of electricity on our energy bills each month. The only ones who have to pay are those with cable or satellite dishes and such, and I do not have those, as I'm don't watch a great deal of TV. Karen
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
30 Jan 10
Yes I begrudge paying it as the Channel we pay for does not even have that many good Channels also I think it is disgusting that we have to pay for TV License when we have Sky and pay for that to, I know they are different Companies, but I am sure that Sky has to pay the BBC to run their Channel which means they get it from us and from Sky and we pay Sky to so someone is making money either way
@GreenMoo (11842)
30 Jan 10
What I really grudge is being harrassed by the UK TV licencing people when I don´t even have a TV!!! They don´t seem to be able to get this into their heads, and have been pestering me for years. Some of the reminder letters they send are worded in quite a way to be quite threatening, and it really makes me angry.
@doormouse (4619)
30 Jan 10
i begrudge paying at certain times of the year,like when all there is on are repeats,which i've noticed is generally in the summer,when it's presumed that everyones out,so the tv companies put rubbish or repeats on,and christmas just gone i really hated paying my license,as there was no descent tv programs on at all
• United States
29 Jan 10
If they did that my husband and I would be broke fast. My husband and I watch a lot of tv because we are trying to save money by not going out much. I watch tv during the day while I am on mylot as well as when I am doing homework. I watch a lot of tv and feel there should not be a license.
• Pamplona, Spain
29 Jan 10
Hiya jugs, I think they should have packages of different prices split into categories too as not everyone wants to watch Coronation Street and not everyone wants to watch Football all the time. Everyone has different likes and dislikes here we don´t have Coronation Street or anything like that and as for Football I don´t get to watch much of it. A couple of times I have watched 5 minutes of Wolves. Wolves played Liverpool the other Day as I don´t have time to watch it I don´t whether they won or not.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I guess I would like a fee for each channel I watch, as it is I pay for many more than I ever watch and it seems expensive to me.
• United States
29 Jan 10
we don't have tv licences in my area-but-we do more or less have to buy cable,because without it,you get almost no signal at all due to interference. but still,i wish there was a pay by channel deal.a lot of the packaged stations we don't even watch.