LEGALLY DODGING THE BBC TV LICENCE FEE – Yes there is a way you can avoid paying the BBC TV licence fee and it is perfectly legal; simply watch the programmes you want online.
At £145.50 a year the BBC TV licence fee is seen as little more than another legislative process that forces us to pay for a service that provides little in the way of entertainment or information.
It’s not just the lack of quality programmes that the public are disgruntled about but also the behaviour of those running the corporation.
The BBC used to be seen as a bastion of truth, the upholder of moral values and above all the one institution that people could rely on for expert insight into the world around us.
Today the BBC is more noted for vast payoffs, hiding paedophiles, political bias and producing programmes that woefully lack in entertainment or information value. Is it any wonder why millions of British households want to avoid pay such a fee in order to prop up what is now been seen as a corrupt and arcane institute?
Again you do have a choice; simply go online and watch the programmes you want for free.
The BBC of course are more than a little concerned at this growing trend and recently they announced that some 2 million viewers watched Top Gear online rather than tuning in via their television sets.
The BBC’s iPlayer website, which is free to use, received over 240 million views last month; that’s an increase of nearly 40% compared to last year’s usage.
I know what you are thinking; if you own a TV then you still have to pay. That is correct but according to research by the BBC they think that most iPlayer users do not have a TV and therefore are not required to pay the annual licence fee. Therefore if you can do without your TV and simply watch want you want online then you can legally avoid the annual fee.
Technically viewing ‘scheduled’ programmes or programmes that are streamed live do require payment of the annual licence fee; so there’s a grey area here.
The BBC refuses to state the exact numbers of householders that dodge the licence fee by using this loophole but there is little doubt that the method of funding the BBC through a legislated licence fee is draconian in the digital age in which we now live.
I have to be honest I don’t bother with a TV, as someone who writes articles day in and day out the best and fastest source of information is the internet.
If I want to relax at the end of the day with a movie or documentary then there’s always YouTube; yes you can find full length documentaries and even movies on YouTube and I for one refuse to hand over money to a corporation like the BBC that should have been taken to the vets years ago and put out of its misery.
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