Go to navigation
It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:30 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Changes to tv licences
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:45 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:28 pm
Posts: 2359
Quick heads up - anyone who watches BBC programmes on demand (iPlayer) will need a licence from September.

Argument is that rules haven't kept up with technology. Hopefully then they will also be updating the system for purchasing a licence so it's possible to get one for less than a year or at least to get a refund without producing mountains of official paperwork.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:06 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
Posts: 4598
Location: Essex
KB wrote:
Quick heads up - anyone who watches BBC programmes on demand (iPlayer) will need a licence from September.

Argument is that rules haven't kept up with technology. Hopefully then they will also be updating the system for purchasing a licence so it's possible to get one for less than a year or at least to get a refund without producing mountains of official paperwork.


We've been paying for ours by monthly direct debit for years. Every so often the licensing people run an advertising campaign re the need to have a licence and the different ways of paying for it.

DS1 moved into a privately rented house with friends last month, one of whom is the 'organised' one. I shall check that this is one of the things he organised :) .

_________________
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:16 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:28 pm
Posts: 2359
So if you didn't need it for a few months you could just stop the direct debit and then restart when you needed it again?

Sounds like the solution in that case.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:43 am 
Online

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
Posts: 4598
Location: Essex
KB wrote:
So if you didn't need it for a few months you could just stop the direct debit and then restart when you needed it again?

Sounds like the solution in that case.


I don't know, because we have ours for home so need it all the time. There is something on the website about students going home for the summer, though.

_________________
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:28 pm
Posts: 2359
Thanks Toadmum

Sadly they can only apply for a refund if there are at least 3 months left although the evidence is just an official university document showing term dates.

Re the monthly direct debit issue - you pay the first 6 months before the new licence is due and the last 6 months during the first 6 months of the licence so cancelling the direct debit wouldn't work.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:15 pm 
Offline

Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:39 pm
Posts: 20
Oh, don't get me started on this issue. The rules for TV licences in Uni accommodation really make me mad. At home, we have one licence. It covers everyone in our HOUSEHOLD. So everyone who lives behind our own front door. Doesn't matter if we are not all related by blood. Doesn't matter if some of us have a lock on our bedroom door. Doesn't matter how many TV's we have and in which rooms they are situated. One licence covers it all. Totally different rule for students in Uni accommodation. Most are arranged in groups of 4-10 bedrooms around a shared kitchen / lounge, maybe shared bathrooms too. So a front door they all use, but then locks on each individual bedroom. TV licence rules say they each need a separate licence if they watch BBC in their own room. Its a rip-off. A bedroom is NOT A HOUSEHOLD. Rant over :x


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:14 pm 
Online

Joined: Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:41 am
Posts: 4598
Location: Essex
Actually, technically a bedsit (or rather its occupant(s)) could be a household, but I agree that as university accommodation normally has shared booking facilities, it is unfair (but of course lucrative) not to class the flat as the household unit. Slightly muddier waters with the traditional 'halls' type accommodation, though and I wonder whether the licensing authority has chosen not to catch up with the move away from that model?

Meantime, DS1 assures me that they have acquired a TV licence for their new abode, fortunately.

_________________
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.Groucho Marx


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:57 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:30 am
Posts: 505
Location: Warwickshire
The website suggests that if you have a separate tenancy agreement then you need a separate licence, which I guess would cover anyone in university halls and many others in private rented accommodation at university.

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-y ... tv-licence


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:38 am 
Offline

Joined: Mon Feb 12, 2007 1:21 pm
Posts: 11948
There is usually a coomon room in halls where they can watch TV - no need to watch in their room anyway.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:41 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:30 am
Posts: 505
Location: Warwickshire
In my very limited experience of first year university students, traditional televisions now don't really seem to cross the radar... Pretty much everything is watched on a computer, tablet or phone and the line between live TV and 'on demand' has become very blurred!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 17 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016