Snigger: UNEASYsilence discovers that the UK has a TV licensing regime. Way to go with the up-to-the-minute news, Dan.
Considering the quality of the programming on BBC TV and radio is consistently amongst best available, if not the best (IMHO), I’m really happy to contribute to the BBC this way. The moment “Aunty Beeb” stops giving value for money, that money’s going to be taken away from them. They know it, and the system works.
Also — “because of the unique way the BBC is funded” — the BBC has helped bring us technical leaps such as:
- PAL colour (when the US had the awful NTSC standard)
- 576 line TV (when the US had 480)
- Digital stereo TV sound (when the US was doing analog)
- RDS data over FM radio (which the US grudgingly picked up in half-hearted way recently)
- An open DAB digital radio standard (when the US was doing closed, incompatible digital radio)
- DVB-T digital television at no extra charge, using robust COFDM (while the US mess about with the quite dreadful 8-VSB)
- 16:9 widescreen TV broadcasts (when the US was still bickering about HD)
Detector vans are rare anyway — they’re only used to gather evidence for prosecution. If your household doesn’t have a license, you’ll be “invited” to buy one. If you don’t get one, it’s up to TV Licensing to prove that you’re breaking the law.