A big thanks to one of our loyal Twitter followers Richard Mitton for bringing an article from today's Telegraph to our attention.
Telegraph blogger and BBC Radio 4 broadcaster (maybe not for much longer) Jake Wallis Simons wrote a post about some of the legally licence free alternatives to buying a TV licence.
He explains: "For all of my adult life, I’ve never owned a television. In the past, this meant that one was limited to watching videos, which was extremely limiting. These days, however, with the advent of DVDs and the internet, there is not a huge difference between having a television and not having one.
"I can watch BBC programmes for free on iPlayer, which is perfectly legal so long as you're not watching live. I can watch Channel 4 On Demand. Films can be watched on DVD, or downloaded on iTunes, Curzon Soho online, and any number of other websites. The news is better consumed on the web, which includes all the video footage one could wish for at the click of a mouse."
As Jake correctly indicates, a TV licence is only required for those properties where equipment is used to receive live broadcast TV programmes. Using the BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player and other on-demand services to watch non-live content does not require a TV licence.
What he failed to mention is that anyone adopting this legally licence free lifestyle will undoubtedly be hounded by TV Licensing, who ignorantly assume anyone claiming not to watch TV is a liar. Rest assured that TV Licensing, the BBC's revenue collection racket, has no legal authority whatsoever over anyone not requiring a licence. The legally licence free can safely ignore TV Licensing's caustic and legally hollow correspondence and employees.
With the BBC up to its neck in sexual abuse allegations there has never been a better time to abandon the TV licence and stop funding their dubious operation.
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