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what do you do?
Until all their letters were written in RED FONT. The they said they were coming round to visit. I let them in. They saw our TV and we said we didn't have a digibox (it was in the cupboard). Then the guy asked if we watched live Iplayer, and after a brief pause said 'just don't say yes' then he left and we watched TV
I don't expect this American-style mixing up of nouns and verb forms from you. I'm frankly DISGUSTED!
When/if they come to your door, ignore again.
*then ignore them when they turn up then ignore them after they turn up.
I pay for mine, though. I like the BBC.
I would buy a tv licence but I have no money. However I'd still like to occasionally switch on my tv rather than watch it on iplayer an hour later. What do I do?
The guy just ignored the letters for 5 years...they'd gradually get redder and redder, then just click back to the first one...he's never been prosecuted or nowt
was that this BBC thing was all a misconception. That we pay for all tv.
and even if you have a laptop, mobile phone with internet = you have to pay the tv license bill.
You could just not buy those three pints of beer a month.
is the objectively correct answer
If they come in, put the dvd on and tell them the tv is a microwave.
But then it cut to something embarrassing and bantastic. Might have been an Irish TV Licence ad, those are traditionally less doom laden.
What can you get away with? Ignoring it and not buying one cos they're not allowed onto your property without the necessary warrant, which they never get, and they never follow through on any of their threats - they just keep sending variations of the same letter, 'signed' by people that probably don't exist.
There are a few threads on here, and websites out there, with more/full detail.
i got caught out the other week. Marty let the guy in. He kind of pushed his way in. Saying that if he doesnt do it, ''inforcement officers will be around''
so ive actually ended up signing for a prepay card thing... which ive not topped up yet. I got another letter yesterday, which ive not opened. Addressed to me.
So now they have my name and address. :/ i think im buggered.
they asked me to pay 5.50 a week or something. Tbh i dont have that spare at the minute. So they can jog on until im working again.
Ooops. If you're looking to dodge paying it, Marty shouldn't have. Tell Marty he's paying up.
the guy who came here totally lied!! totally lied!!
he said if we had a mobile phone with internet or a laptop that we would have to pay for the license.
WE DONT WATCH LIVE TV.. the odd time i watch things on iplayer or OD. and from what ive just read, you dont need a license for that.
IM NOT PAYING IT. going to ring now and cancel.
receiving realtime TV behind a lockable door was pretty much the summary of it, last time I bothered to check.
anyway my previous thread about this was pretty funny and everything i said in there was faultless and some other people said some pretty dumb stufff ^___^
seems like a pretty reasonable reason really, can hardly call that moaning.
I'm sick of people moaning about it not being worth the money or that they 'hardly ever watch telly' and therefore decide that they don't want/need to buy a license
if you genuinely never watch any live telly at all then that's fine, carry on
the tv is here and is used for the playstation for online gaming and films. Or to stream the odd thing on iplayer.
I am genuinely annoyed that the guy lied at the door when he called around to force us to sign for it.
I explained over and over that we dont use the tv like that and he said that even if we have internet on a laptop or phone that we needed to pay.
I feel like writing a letter of complaint. At least train these people up on what they are saying.
I do occasionally watch live tv
If I had the money I would pay it
Whilst thankfully not living in desperate poverty I don't have a huge amount of money
I could save a bit of money by not paying my tv licence, which it seems like I can get away with quite easily
I know this is not very virtuous, and make no apology for trying to squirm out of paying a bit of money
but I can squirm out of paying a bit of money, quite easily
which is wrong
but you know, like I give a fuck really
not trying to justify it, I know its wrong, but it annoys you.
You do have the money, but you would rather spend it on other things. Try giving up your internet connection for a start. I'm sure there are plenty of people with less money than you who pay the licence.
We can only hope that the TV develops a fault and burns down your record collection.
how about you stop eating meat, you scumbag.
I thought you didn't give a fuck?
You came on here to have people tell you that it is ok to to not pay, but then you cry your eyes out when people point out the truth of the matter.
Then try to play moral top trumps.
Not the attitude of someone who doesn't give a fuck.
I'll sleep when you're dead
along with a few quid for a licence.
complain if i send you a series of increasingly threatening letters because I don't have your address down as having bought any meat lately then?
You have no right or reason to do that to me.
and harassed by borderline fraudulent junk mail if we don't :D
eat the telly
Send them a link to this thread.
twice now, nobody's ever come round
It's literally just junk mail like any other, they have a database of addresses and they send them out without any human knowing or caring where it's going.
I once wrote to them saying we don't receive tv broadcasts at this address and they wrote back politely saying they would send someone round to confirm this (ie exactly what they were saying in the threatening letter which I replied to in the first place) but they didn't. I just ignored them ever since tho I think my flatmate filled in some thing online when we last got something from them... whatevz
the TV companies just pay people to go around and bully/embarrass people into paying at their door, there's not even any supposed legal obligation to have a licence ^u^;
with a portable TV and a big 'Fuck you' sign.
Now I freakin' had to watch the ENTIRE scene to remember why he was crying like that! Gah, Harrison!
oh dear God. Darcy next time I see you I'm going to punch you.
Go and eat a steak and pay your tv licence and whatever else you do, like a total loser. You scumbag.
you scrounging degenerate.
was for you making me watch now not just one but TWO Dawson Creek clips.
Never change, yes_.
i like you even more than I like my dad
so we will see where this goes now. They said they will be in contact within 10 days.
Im certainly not paying for something i dont need.
Half opens the door to the TV license guy and tells him he's got to put his dog in the kitchen before he can come in.
He uses this time to un-plug the TV and cut the chord.
Let's the guy in and explains that he's just moved and hasn't had the time to sort everything out.
Slight wiff about it.
what also works - just shut the door. Or if you want to be polite "We don't receive TV broadcasts here goodbye."
that they can crush unlicensed TVs now can't they?
It sounds like they might just be featuring you on the next series of Who Do You Think You Are?
is posted above. read this and it answers all the questions about not getting one and what to do!
i do have one incidentally. the only thing that annoys me about it is the stupid way that you pay for it all in 6 months and then have to start paying for the next years licence in the 7th month!
Why is that?
Why it's set up to collect it all in 6 months?
i don't pay for one. i just cancelled the direct debit and they were like oh your flatmate showed us round last year, we don't need to investigate this. so if you're living with people who lived there last year who showed them around, you don't need it. otherwise, it's up to you bro. tell them they're not allowed on your property without a license. if you get a letter "we called but you weren't in" or something, maybe buy one and cancel it every now and again to delay proceedings. the whole thing's an absolute joke whether or not you luv da beeb <33 (i think it's shite)
ie skyplayer or bbc news or whatever. you don't if you're watching iPlayer or 4OD repeats.
but then the only live TV i ever watch now is dodgy streams of American sports, and I guess those don't count for so many reasons.
(although it's a uni halls of residence and i imagine everyone got one)
if i call that from my mobile, will it use my minutes? i actually need to ring them for something.
or, alternatively, is there any way to find a proper geographic number for them?
You should be investigated for mentallness.
because I am a stupidhead
1. Receive junk mail from TV Licencing
2. Put in bin
A similar licence, mandated by the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1904, used to exist for radios powered by mains electricity (sets using a battery or accumulator did not need a licence), but this was abolished in 1971.
their letters even make that clear
you would if you were watching it streaming programs at the same time as the TV broadcast
how having a TV license when you're watching telly is law yet loads of people try to get out of paying it/do get out of paying it. I don't have an issue with them not paying, obviously. Good on them I suppose. Just find it odd. Why don't people refuse to pay Council Tax? I know we're not talking about a tax but can't be arsed thinking of a better example.
and local authorities are far more likely to pursue you
(and people do refuse, sometimes, usually to make something they consider a 'political point')
if you don't pay your council tax they actually CAN take you to court but if you don't pay your TV licence there's pretty much no genuine way they can ever know or prove you are watching TV without one and the threats to take you to court are on the level with 'YOU MAY HAVE WON £1000' junk mail.
But it was a top floor flat, so they couldn't see the TV. Now they can see the TV from outside my new house so it would be game over.
Basically they turn up at your house, all chummy, but read you your rights as if they are a police officer. They aren't. You don't have to let them in, tell them to piss off. They have to prove you are watching TV, not the other way round.