Originally Posted by Aunt Bea
Television certainly can get out of hand!
When I was growing up we only had the television on to watch specific programs and then off it went.
Now it is on most of the day as background noise to my very quiet life.
I only have about a dozen free channels because I am too cheap to pay for cable television.
I'm curious about how much your annual license is to watch television.
A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and a black and white TV Licence costs £49.00 (Yes, there are still a few ancient B&W televisions left around.)That's approx. $234.75 and $79.06 and covers all televisions in the house. It mostly goes to fund the BBC but you can't get out of it if you only use Freeview, cable or satellite channels. If the television set can't receive broadcasts and you use it for playing DVDs or videos you obviously don't have to have a licence.
If you get rid of your television and cancel your licence, the Licencing Authority hound you incessantly because they just cannot understand that someone might not actually want a TV - they have detector vans and inspectors who go around checking. Fortunately, whilst they can demand to see your television and you have to show it too them, they can't access your property without an invitation from you or the presence of a police officer. I had a visit once when I didn't have a TV. The "You HAVE to show me your television. It's the law" - "I can't show it to you because I haven't got one" conversation went round and round in circles for about ten minutes before he stomped off making dire threats about bringing warrants and policemen.
At one time you had to have a licence for the radio as well but that hasn't been the case for many years.
I'm too mean to pay for cable or satellite too. Most of their stuff comes round to Freeview eventually anyway.