Mick F wrote:I've been thinking about the TVL over the last few days and trying to put into words why we don't have a telly.
Maybe it's because I object to paying nearly £150 a year to not watch much telly. I suppose if I was a telly addict and it was on from breakfast time to going to bed after midnight, and we had a family of four or five - or even six people - I may think it was worthwhile, but because we don't view like that, it seems quite a poor deal.
I'm not saying I don't want to watch ANY telly at all, but not enough to warrant £150 a year. If I do want to watch something, it's usually on iPlayer etc.
Maybe I'd rather Pay per View than pay a TVL, but why should I when I can watch iPlayer for free?
I suppose there are other points to consider - do you never listen to BBC Radio? - comes out of the licence fee. Do you never go online to check the news or weather on the BBC website? - comes out of the licence fee. And though iPlayer is 'free' when you decide to watch whatever Scandi-noir drama which is currently all the rage the BBC paid for it out of other licence payers money. Without them you couldn't watch it at all. It 's worth noting this website - hosted by the CTC and therefore paid by its members. If there were no members there'd be no website - no whatever thousand posts so far!
Overall I am surprised by people who object to the BBC on its cost - £150.00 a year - the cost of maybe three tickets for a Premiership match? About the cost of two tickets for a headlining pop concert? Less than than the cost of ticket to Glastonbury? You can pay anything from £30.00 upwards to enter all sorts of sportif events. It's £10.00 or more to thrash yourself up and down a windy A-road for an hour. I just don't see the licence fee as bad value and Pay-Per-View would be nothing like as cheap. Though I don't necessarily agree with them there's more merit in the argument made by those people who object to the licence from political/libertarian stance.