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    The end of TV

    Apart from 20 minutes of cartoons in the morning.
    My kids will have nothing to do with the television anymore.
    I carn't say it's a bad thing as it's mostly shite.
    With the availability of the Internet and most kids having tablets/pcs/phones etc, I forsee the end of television in a decade or two.
    In the UK you must pay by law £12.50 per month just to own a t.v!
    Even if you don't watch it!
    Don't know what it's like around the world, but I reckon the final days of TV are in the post and with it the BBC news, the Queens speech at Christmas and the Antiques Roadshow. ...

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    How do they know you own it?

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    Good question in this day and age, they must naturally assume every household has one and must pay. I think it's up to the householder to say they don't.
    Years ago they used to send weird looking t.v detector vans out on the streets training their detector aerials at suspect houses.
    Then send the licence fee inspector to your house to search it and prosecute, seems almost archaic typing this.

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    It was exactly the same in our house, we hardly watched television any more, and most of what was programmed was not appealing or a repeat.
    Cancelled the Sky dish contract along with the BBC license fee.
    Life is much better without T.V.
    It's been replaced by computer games and the availability to watch anything you want on YouTube.
    Even the Play Station 4 box plugged into a large flat screen allows access to YouTube

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    Don't you need a licence for your TV even if you only use the Ps4 and YouTube on it?

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    It's not plugged into any TV cable, so it cannot receive TV signals or cable. Only plugged into the two games consoles.
    That was one of the reasons we gave up TV because it was being used for games.

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    There is something called Amazon Fire Stick, which is changing everything. Competitors include Google Chromecast, and Apple TV. General idea, content is routed via the internet to your TV.

    Right now, the number of live tv stations is limited, but expectations are this will change. Much cheaper than traditional cable or dish. It also offers plenty of gaming, movie downloading, and downloading of specific episodes of regular tv shows (after the episodes have been shown on the regular networks).

    Yes, the downloading of stuff from the net to watch on your "screen" has been going on for years, but this really takes it to another level.

    Amazon Fire TV Stick Review ? A Cord Cutting Solution? - Frugal Rules

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    In the UK you must pay by law £12.50 per month just to own a t.v!
    Even if you don't watch it!
    Not true. The TV license is to view terrestrial broadcasts and streamed content.
    If you tell them you use your TV only for DVD movies, internet and games you don't have to pay the fee. Did that myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Don't you need a licence for your TV even if you only use the Ps4 and YouTube on it?
    Apparently you don't.
    it's decades since I gave those biased faghag kunts at the BBC money;
    Even in the old pre computer days I'd rather sit and read a cornflakes box all night than fund them.


    How do I opt out?

    The first thing you’ll need to do is tell TV Licensing, the body that keeps track of who has a licence, and tell them that you’re opting out. Doing this will see TV Licensing update its database, meaning you won’t get any of the letters that are mailed out to unlicenced addresses.


    https://recombu.com/digital/article/...ng-tv-licence#

    No TV? Not watching live TV on any channel, or BBC programmes on iPlayer? Empty property? You can let us know here.
    You don’t need a TV Licence if you:
    • never watch or record programmes on any channel as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, and
    • never download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

    Official TV Licensing website - Telling us you don't need a TV Licence

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    How do they know if you are or are not, apart from your declaration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Years ago they used to send weird looking t.v detector vans out on the streets training their detector aerials at suspect houses.
    Then send the licence fee inspector to your house to search it and prosecute, seems almost archaic typing this.
    "Civilized Country" you guys like to call the U.K.- but when I read this I have to scratch my head a bit and wonder on what planet is it "civilized" to search a home for a TV and prosecute...

    This kind of thing is impossible in the US.

    Anyway as to your OP I totally disagree. Can't speak about other nations but in the US with fiber availability & ultra high speed internet, ultra HD television programming, 3D, streaming capabilities, digital effects, etc... "TV" is going to go the opposite of what you say.

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    Amazon fire sticks are great need to put kodi on it though then can watch everything free and stream all the pay channels for free as well. Never have to pay for movie or sports channels ever again just need a good internet connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    Life is much better without T.V.
    It's been replaced by computer games and the availability to watch anything you want on YouTube.
    Even the Play Station 4 box plugged into a large flat screen allows access to YouTube
    That was good for a laugh...

    No wonder there's no hope...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    How do they know if you are or are not, apart from your declaration?
    according to the link

    Once you’ve opted out, you will receive confirmation from TV Licensing, but they may pay you a visit at random to verify your claim. You will be contacted again in two years to see if you're still not watching live TV. If you are, then prepare to face the consequences – a fine of up to £1,000 (£2,000 in Guernsey). Failure to pay could land you in prison, not the act of watching without a TV licence.
    In your case
    the visitor would briefly ask a few questions to confirm,
    shake you hand,
    and on the way out ask the children
    what's your favourite cartoon on BBC ?
    they will shout out
    Abney's Magic Show !!!




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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    Amazon fire sticks are great need to put kodi on it though then can watch everything free and stream all the pay channels for free as well. Never have to pay for movie or sports channels ever again just need a good internet connection.
    Thief!

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    TV is sure going away, channels start struggle as newspapers did a decade back before going out of biz...

    Physically TV are changing as well, becoming thin as paper sheet soon and then it will be nothing but a projected 3D hologram, coming in few years only all this.

    So we will have fantastic technology, wisdom storage about anything you can question, but mainly we will watch recorded cats doing "funny" things.
    Monday,Tuesday, then it goes WTF !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick
    the US with fiber availability & ultra high speed internet
    The US is behind most the rest of the industrial world when it comes to high speed internet.



    https://transferwise.com/us/blog/the...ld-infographic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Years ago they used to send weird looking t.v detector vans out on the streets training their detector aerials at suspect houses.
    Then send the licence fee inspector to your house to search it and prosecute, seems almost archaic typing this.
    "Civilized Country" you guys like to call the U.K.- but when I read this I have to scratch my head a bit and wonder on what planet is it "civilized" to search a home for a TV and prosecute...
    Actually, they can't enter and search without your permission. You don't have to let them in. There are a few videos on Youtube about it of people refusing to let them in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Apart from 20 minutes of cartoons in the morning.
    My kids will have nothing to do with the television anymore.
    I carn't say it's a bad thing as it's mostly shite.
    With the availability of the Internet and most kids having tablets/pcs/phones etc, I forsee the end of television in a decade or two...

    I stopped watching TV in 2004 a couple of months before the US election, because it was such a bad way to get information.

    (I've never been into sit-coms of TV shows).

    I only watched sports and now I watch that on the computer.


    TV ownership and viewing has been declining. Yeah, it'll continue to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Slick View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Years ago they used to send weird looking t.v detector vans out on the streets training their detector aerials at suspect houses.
    Then send the licence fee inspector to your house to search it and prosecute, seems almost archaic typing this.
    "Civilized Country" you guys like to call the U.K.- but when I read this I have to scratch my head a bit and wonder on what planet is it "civilized" to search a home for a TV and prosecute...
    Actually, they can't enter and search without your permission. You don't have to let them in. There are a few videos on Youtube about it of people refusing to let them in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by forreachingme
    TV is sure going away, channels start struggle as newspapers did a decade back before going out of biz...
    No, it's not. BROADCAST TV is going away, not TV. It's changing, not disappearing, although I suppose that once some reach a certain age that can seem like the same thing. BTW, over half the countries in the world have TV licencing, it's hardly limited to the UK.
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    "i'll put yu'on yoo tube" seems to be the 21st century equivalent of "are you lookin' at ma'pint"

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    I never watch TV. I unhooked the cable in my bedroom 8 years ago. Too many commercials, plus shit programming. Cable is still hooked up to the other 7 Tvs in the house though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    "i'll put yu'on yoo tube" seems to be the 21st century equivalent of "are you lookin' at ma'pint"

    Is there some difference in pronunciation between yu, yoo, and you?

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    yes, there is.

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