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TV Licence Super Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Ken, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Ken

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,056

    Hi,

    Either way I'm ****** is the way I see it. If I don't allow them in then I will keep getting harrassed. If I do allow them in I doubt they will believe me anyway when I say my TV downstairs is never used and the TV upstairs is my main PC display. The only time I watch TV is on catchup services and even then it's only ever going to be Top Gear or some cooking show whilst I'm eating lol. The TV downstairs I can pass to a relative I suppose but still what is the point of their visit when they ain't going to believe you? Or will they? Anyone ever allowed them in?

    :confused:
     
  2. muttclugg

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 10, 2007

    Posts: 1,706

    Location: SE

    Are you cancelling to save £12 a month or for another reason? I think you will need to de-tune (is that the right word) and just let them check when they come around.
     
  3. Mynight

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 16, 2013

    Posts: 5,440

    My mate doesn't have a license as he doesn't watch TV live. I was there when they paid him a visit and he just looked at the TV saw it was connected to a laptop and ps4 only and asked if he watched iplayer live, mate says no. Tv license guy says well we will know if you do so no worries and then gave him a document to sign and off he went.

    I'm calling bull on the we will know bit but I guess it's possible.
     
  4. Matthew.M

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,180

    Location: Birmingham

    I haven't had a tv license for 5 years and never had a visit. They send me a letter every couple of years asking if the situation has changed - notify them that you don't want/need a tv license and you won't have any bother.

    The harassment is usually when people don't buy a license but also don't notify them that you don't need one.
     
  5. Ken

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,056

    Cancelling because I don't watch live TV. I ain't paying 145 quid just to watch Top Gear live. That can wait till it's on iPlayer. My PC TV isn't tuned and there is no aerial socket in that same room. The TV downstairs I can detune but it be probably easier if I just give that TV to a relative as that does have an aerial socket behind it so as long as I ditch that TV I assume the licensing monkeys will be fine with this?
     
  6. Ken

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,056

    Ahhh, that's reassuring. I'll notify them online then.

    Thanks :)
     
  7. OpenToSuggestions

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 5, 2006

    Posts: 10,718

    Location: Derby

    I cancelled my TV license online over a year ago.

    No letters.
    No visits.
     
  8. Hitman_Leon

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 29, 2004

    Posts: 4,493

    Location: Tall building nearby

    I don't have normal TV, a guy visited, I showed him the TV with just an HDMI cable in from my AV amp which is connected to a PS3, PS4 and WiiU. My youngest son was watching Netflix at the time so he saw it all up and running, told me maximum time he could mark down for no more visits was 3 years. Also asked me if I was ever thinking of watching normal TV, I told him no point because I only watch streamed content and movies as normal TV is pointless.

    All very simple, guy was polite and very nice about everything, no problem at all, he turned up unannounced but how else would they catch the people pulling as fast one and getting TV with no license.
     
  9. Mynight

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 16, 2013

    Posts: 5,440

    To be honest I bet if you don't look like a tramp and don't argue about access to the property to take a look they won't bother coming back.
     
  10. Kenai

    Capodecina

    Joined: Apr 5, 2009

    Posts: 18,811

    You shouldn't need to ditch the TV, just get rid of the cable to the aerial socket so it's obvious enough you only have devices connected, though if you don't use it for anything then it would be easier to get rid entirely I suppose and give someone else the benefit of it
     
  11. Deus Ex

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 22, 2013

    Posts: 948

    Location: North East

    Mate, just ignored them for most of 5 years so far. Been harrassed once when a stupid bint I lived with let them in. Think detunings a bit far, just have the aerial unplugged. You also don't need to let them in.
     
  12. Mynight

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 16, 2013

    Posts: 5,440

    Freeman ^^ :D
     
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  13. Hitman_Leon

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 29, 2004

    Posts: 4,493

    Location: Tall building nearby

    Exactly this, the guy who visited me only wanted to see the inputs on the TV to check for an aerial lead, all they have to do is check you cannot receive the signal.

    And as mentioned before, de-tune your TV because the may ask you to change channels, if channels show they may think you took away the aerial.
     
  14. OpenToSuggestions

    Capodecina

    Joined: Aug 5, 2006

    Posts: 10,718

    Location: Derby

    I still have a Freeview box under the TV with the aerial cable, but it is not plugged into the TV itself.

    Unless you are caught with it plugged in then there is nothing to worry about.
     
  15. Hitman_Leon

    Man of Honour

    Joined: May 29, 2004

    Posts: 4,493

    Location: Tall building nearby

    Why make things hard, for yourself, de-tune the tv couple of minutes at the most, letting someone check, couple of minutes at the most. They are only doing a job, they don't want to hassle anyone, for the sake of a small amount of time there is no hassle at all and no repeat visits.
     
  16. Ken

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Apr 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,056

    Thanks guys :)

    I really don't want the hassle and have nothing to worry about so I will just allow them in if they do come round. Will detune or give away the redundant TV before my license expires this end of Feb.
     
  17. Neil King

    Hitman

    Joined: Nov 21, 2002

    Posts: 683

    Even if you never watch terrestrial channels if you have Sky you have to pay for TV license.
     
  18. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Jun 30, 2007

    Posts: 66,531

    Location: Wales

    is it really harassing via letter?

    straight in the bin without opening lol
     
  19. Amleto

    Soldato

    Joined: Feb 13, 2003

    Posts: 6,144

    Just remove their implied right of access. No more hassle.
     
  20. PiKe

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 24,421

    Location: Lake District

    Declared I didn't need a license Oct 2013 and haven't had a visit to date.

    TV is de-tuned (all DTV channels deleted) and the ariel is over the other side of the room anyway.