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Hi, today I’m informed that my television 
 license will have to be paid for. is this because the BBC is no longer able to give older people free access. If that is the case my question is, can I still get ITV , CNN etc on free view and not watch BBC programmes.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    edited March 2020
    No, if you have a tv, and it can receive a signal, you have to have a license.
    Devon.
  • Thank you , Hostafan
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559
    Things have changed I'm afraid.
    Some info here may help explain
    https://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/for-your-home/aged-74-and-over-aud3

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  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,122
    You don't need a licence as long as you don't watch or record any live TV (including international channels). You can watch on demand TV like Netflix (but not BBC iplayer). The fact that you have a TV or any other receiver (computer, tablet, mobile) doesn't matter.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    edhelka said:
    You don't need a licence as long as you don't watch or record any live TV (including international channels). You can watch on demand TV like Netflix (but not BBC iplayer). The fact that you have a TV or any other receiver (computer, tablet, mobile) doesn't matter.
    Good luck trying to prove that in court .
    Devon.
  • edhelkaedhelka GwyneddPosts: 2,122
    Hostafan1 said:
    edhelka said:
    You don't need a licence as long as you don't watch or record any live TV (including international channels). You can watch on demand TV like Netflix (but not BBC iplayer). The fact that you have a TV or any other receiver (computer, tablet, mobile) doesn't matter.
    Good luck trying to prove that in court .

    I'll take that risk. It's their job to prove that I am breaking the law. And good luck to the licensing agency getting a warrant to search my home. There isn't anyone who would let them in without it.
    It is not a secret that we don't have the licence - we let them know every year, filling a form on their website, stating that we don't need it because we don't watch live TV (and we really don't never).
    That "if you have a receiver, you are liable to pay the licence fee" is a long-time myth. Everyone has a device like that these days.
    Here is government info about tv licences.
    Here is the tv licensing website (link to tell them that you don't need a licence at the bottom).

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    I'm happy to pay for a TV licence and I think everyone else should do the same, no matter how old they are.
    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    It's ironic that none of those complaining that some over 75 year old folk now have to pay  ,have never offered to pay more for their own license  to cover the shortfall.
     
    Old does not necessarily mean poor.
    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,692
    I have friends, both over 75 who own over £500,000 worth of cars and have one of their houses on the market at £999,995. 
    Love them to bits but I see no reason why anyone should consider they need a free TV licence or winter fuel subsidy.
    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    ... You could say the same thing about the Poll Tax - why do 2 residents have to pay the same as 4 or 6 residents ? ...
    Because when it was changed so that wasn't the case there were riots ... :/
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