One for the TV specialists

Discussion in 'Just Talk' started by Joe the Plumber, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. Joe the Plumber

    Joe the Plumber Screwfix Select

    Would it be possible to build a box that plugs in between your TV aerial and the TV (or other device) to block the reception of any broadcast for which it is a legal requirement to have a TV Licence, until such time as a valid Licence number is input?

    Someone suggested this elsewhere and it sounds like a brilliant idea for anyone who wants to ditch the Licence legally without having to jump through too many hoops.

    If, of course, such technology is possible.

    Any idea please?

    Thanks folks.
  2. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Why though? TV detector vans never worked. You going to invite them in to inspect the box of tricks? They just think you remove and watch TV when nobody's about anyway and drag you to court
  3. Tilt

    Tilt Active Member

    I could be wrong, but I think just using a tv for terrestrial channels requires a licence, irrespective of the available channels...

    Please correct me if you know this is incorrect.
  4. sparky steve

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  5. Joe the Plumber

    Joe the Plumber Screwfix Select

    The BBC make it very difficult to stop having a licence, on purpose.

    If Sky only let you watch the channels they offer that you've paid them for, surely it must be possible for all the other channels and services you need a licence for to do the same.

    I think I'm going to start charging everyone with plumbing in their house for my services, regardless of whether they want them or use me, and fine them or send them to prison if they don't cough up.

    That's the BBC model in a nutshell, so it must be fair....
  6. AnotherTopJob

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    You need a license if you watch live TV, even if it's not BBC.
    You can watch catch up TV without a license, but you need one if you use iplayer.
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  7. AnotherTopJob

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    Even if this was possible (unlikely), watching any live TV such as freeview or Sky requires a license. The only content allowed would be catch-up or playback of other sources such as DVDs, Netflix etc.
  8. Bob Rathbone

    Bob Rathbone Screwfix Select

    If you want to 100% bullet proof, scrap the TV, Sky and Freeview box and use a monitor, discontinue your broadband contract. That way you cannot receive transmitted material either through terrestrial or satellite. Or you could just pay the license fee, it's much less than car tax and cheaper than a Sky or cable subscription.
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  9. BiancoTheGiraffe

    BiancoTheGiraffe Screwfix Select

    I don't care how much it is, it's the principle!

    Why should I pay a penny towards that revolting, biased, woke, wasteful organisation?
  10. CraigMcK

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    The wording for the TV licence has changed. Now includes Netflix, prime etc. Really can’t get out of it now
  11. BiancoTheGiraffe

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    You can! If you're not watching "live" you're fine without...
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  12. gadget man

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  13. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    You can watch Netflix without a licence, but not Prime.

    Do I need a TV Licence to watch streaming services like Netflix, Amazon or Now TV?
    If you watch TV programmes live on any online TV service, including Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, ITV Hub or All 4, you need to be covered by a TV Licence.

    Do I need TV Licence for Netflix?
    If you only watch on-demand or catch-up programmes through streaming services likeNetflix, then you do NOT need a TV licence - UNLESS you're watching BBC programmes on iPlayer. ... You need to be covered by a TV licence if you watch live TV on any channel or device.
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2021
  14. BiancoTheGiraffe

    BiancoTheGiraffe Screwfix Select

    You can still watch Prime without a license, just not the live broacasts.
  15. AnotherTopJob

    AnotherTopJob Screwfix Select

    The BBC intentionally make the wording very ambiguous.
    They're trying to imply that virtually everyone who owns a TV must have a license.
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  16. Tilt

    Tilt Active Member

    And they have the cheek to put on repeat programmes........

    Unless I am mistaken this was happening pre Cv...... I can understand it a bit through the last year.
  17. BiancoTheGiraffe

    BiancoTheGiraffe Screwfix Select

    They need the money so they can make nonsense like this:

    Indoctrinating kids in the pretence of home schooling... :mad::mad::mad:

    The sooner the BBC is axed for good the better
  18. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    And don't forget that you also pay a very large amount for ITV, Ch4, Ch5 and others - again, with no choice.
  19. CraigMcK

    CraigMcK Screwfix Select

    Yes I agree it is live events, the point is previously you could say I don’t have an aerial and I don’t use iPlayer. Now you have to include all streaming services in that argument. It’s much harder to prove. That includes things like watching SpaceX launches etc on YouTube, on your phone while out and about!
  20. BiancoTheGiraffe

    BiancoTheGiraffe Screwfix Select

    How much do they get out of the license money? I've always been led to believe that it's very, very little and more to do with the funding of the transmission equipment than programming

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