Re: Knocking on our doors?
And that's why I (and I imagine 1000s of others) keep paying it - to avoid the hassle. I've heard the stories too of 'heavies' coming to your door demanding entrance, etc. I just can't be bothered with the hassle.
I have no 'tv' - haven't had for 10 years. I have a big 'screen' and it's plugged into my mac mini. I pay for Netflix and amazon prime (and the bloody bbc licence that I never use at all since I don't have a FECKING TV and don't use iplayer either - is it still FLASH based ? that would be another good reason why I wouldn't go near it with a sh1tty stick).
The last time the BBC produced anything I wanted to watch was 10 years ago (planet earth ii excepted -- so my 150 quid a year... 1500 quid for the last 10 years has got me 6 episodes of planet earth...woopee do)
They absolutely have no legs to stand on now for collecting licences by default (either though 'you have internet' or 'you have a tv'). ultra bullshit.
Freeview and Freesat have the capability to restrict a channel to fee/subscription payers - BBC should be no different. But no - they know if they do that, tons of people will realise they can get by without BBC tv mince like strictly and baking cakes or whatever other crap is on there, and that 150 quid gets you a lot of far better quality streamed content from the upstarts....
iplayer is no different from any other streaming content - should be protected by user credentials (in BBCs case you licence ID/password say). Why isn't it ?? Because it undermines their case for collecting licences by DEFAULT - PROVE you don't watch rather than we need to prove you do (and provided access). what the hell sort of sense does that make in 2016 ???
The only reason they don't do this is because they can - and they count on people like me continuing to throw 150 quid a year at them for FA.
It annoys the hell out of me, but not enough that I want to waste my time being dragged through the courts... it's just astounding that in 2016 they still get away with the same enforcement requirements they did 50 years ago when restricting a clear UHF transmission was impossible.
10 years ago the BBC was worth paying for to me - since then:
- BBC news has become a low brow factoid joke
- any content that required you to think has been dumbed down to 'numpty' level (Horizon anyone ?)
- I have no interest in period dramas, programs about baking cakes or celebrities dancing.
It (I assume) IS still something others would pay 150 quid for - fine - let them 'subscribe' and pay for it.