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Are TV detector fans simply a fictional creation used to intimidate people? Does anybody know if they are real or not?
don't get one till they turn up on your actual doorstep and say you have to get one. you're grand till then.
i was just discussing this with a guy at work who says that tv detector vans aren't real.
i have no idea.
inspector morse is my favourite
or that guy from Midsomer Murders!
John Nettles = worst actor ever.
but I'm reliably informed that they are very very expensive, far more so than just looking at a computer-print out of which households have a tv licence and which don't.
involving friends' friends working for capita. (who provide the lists of addresses).
but if they were i bet they'd look like daleks
maybe it's just a van....
My housemate said he was sorting it out.
the BBC is better than 99% of other countries' state broadcasters, in my experience.
With no TV licence you end up with Fox News!
I don't know if they still work in this age of LCD/Plasma screens and digital set top boxes, though, since I believe they would read the radiation from the television.
that drove a TV detector van with his wife. This was about 10 years ago, and according to them, there were only 2 vans for the entire country.
When the new Government came in last year it was quickly discovered that the new Culture Minister hadn't paid her TV license for 16 years
she tried to tough it out for a couple of weeks but eventually she resigned
license is the verb. Why the Americans have an issue with this I have no idea.
It's a non-Brit spelling, hence it's incorrect.
so I'll say again
he is following my rules.
If you buy a TV you have to give your address to the company you buy it from and they submit it to the licensing authority.
Aside from that, the licensing authority have the address of place that's ever had a TV licence so they just badger those addresses routinely on the principle that someone is likely to have a TV there still and need a licence.
The vans are (presumably) for gaining evidence to use in court.
The only TVs that don't need a licence per-se are battery-operated ones, which, so long as you have a licence at your home, you can carry around with you. If you plug a TV in you need a licence for the property it's plugged into.
"The vans are (presumably) for gaining evidence to use in court."
Do you know of any instance where they have been used to prosecute, absent of other evidence?
Bloke I work with insists they're not real but scare people into thinking they can't simply bolt their doors.
I don't know of any instances about court evidence, however.
look, in my experience, they send you nasty letters every few weeks, and eventually some bloke turns up saying "hello, according to the information we have, this house isn't registered, did you know you can now pay by direct debit in monthly installments, so its now even easier to pay...." blah blah. And I say "No, I've already sorted that out, thanks, goodbye" and close the door. At which point I think about getting one at some point. But they can't enter your house without a court order and they don't resort to that unless its obvious you're avoiding them.
It's the same stuff MI5/MI6 use to spy on computer VDU screens.
are they reading this now?
Well all that stuff I said before wa a lie, I've had a TV licence since birth. In fact I have 2, because I love them so much.
I love the Queen by the way. England is great.
i don't even have a tv. wankers.
Crapita. Who wouldn't know an arse from an elbow if they were given two clearly labelled pictures.
I DONT HAVE A TELEVISION!