JanSt

Ireland wants "Broadcast License" - TV or no TV

Okay, this is mildly mobile-related:

Ireland plans legislation that would kill the good old TV license.
Replacement? A "Broadcast Charge" for every householder - even if there is no TV set. You watch "broadcast content" on a laptop via Youtube, or on your smartphone, you will have to cough up appr £120 per year.... Even if you own no TV, no computer, tab or phone!

Can anyone say, "nuts"?
How would they enforce that? Frisking pedestrians for smartphones?
Ban anonymous prepay sim-cards? Broadband dongles?

Are they nuts?

Thanks,
rant out.

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krogothnx  Feb. 28, 2013 at 02:06

Wait, they want to introduce TV licenses that are actually just a 'give us more money, **** your excuses' tax?

NOPE.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2013 at 06:44

Yes. That's it. Rationale: even if you don't watch it, good broadcasts profit everyone!
Hey, I lnow a toddler who hasn't paid road tax. Can I snitch and get the reward now?

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 28, 2013 at 07:57

I don't see how this is different from TV license in UK. You have to pay it if you have a TV that can receive freeview.
It's more difficult to catch laptop and phones, so they let those slide for now.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2013 at 08:34

CT, point is: everybody... Everysinglebody will have to pay this. You can live in a shack without electricity and any signal! It's a tax. Here's the thing: Ireland has fewer inhabitants than a big city, but their TV "stars" earn as much as they do in real countries - while attracting maybe 300,000 viewers.
And the state controlled channels actually refuse to publish all wages, bonusses etc... But they publish ratings: often adding up to, ooh, 150% of the population watching a show... Hahaha.
Anyhoo... What's suggested is most definitely NOT the same as what's currently practiced anywhere.
It's comparable to obligatory health insurance. Fine, I may be healthy now, but in a year I may need that X-ray machine. However: I haven't watched Irish TV in 15 years, and I won't next year, or the year after. Unless brain damage sets in - in which case I still choose the x-ray machine over cultural lobotomy.

Rubisco  Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:31

Hard to have much sympathy when you all leech the Freesat paid for by British license payers... :p

But I suppose we did treat you like crap for centuries so, um, here's Doctor Who. X)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2013 at 12:43

Hahahaha I have a German passport super-glued to my butt :p

Pondlife  Feb. 28, 2013 at 21:02

No wonder you don't travel much, must be problematic at customs...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 28, 2013 at 22:40

:p

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