TV Licence Fee


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Judith M Smith

Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.

However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so) so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
 
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Ronald Raygun

Judith said:
Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.
The surcharge is not for paying by direct debit, it is for paying in
instalments. In effect it is a credit charge (disguised as a handling
fee) because normally the whole fee is due up front, but by paying
quarterly you are being extended credit - you are borrowing 3/4 of the
fee for 3 months, 1/2 the fee for a further 3 months, and 1/4 of the
fee for another 3 months. That's equivalent to borrowing the whole
fee for 3/8 of a year. £5 as a credit charge for £142.50 represents
about 3.5%, and for 3/8 of the year that corresponds to an annual
rate of around 9.36% which is not cheap but hardly outrageous.
However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so) so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
I bet you're right, but go for it, girl! I look forward to hearing
what will happen.

What's wrong with it is that you'd be diddling them out of interest
due them for letting you pay 1/6 of the fee 1 month late, another 1/6
2 months late, etc, and a 5th 6th 5 months late, equivalent to paying
the whole fee 2.5 months late.
 
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Andrew Jones

Judith said:
Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.

However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so) so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
One of my friends has also gone through such circumstances. But h
slowly got out of it. i am sure that in time to come you will als ge
ur problem solved
 
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eps

I was very confused when I went to pay mine, I assumed that monthly
meant monthly. In fact what they have done is split the annual fee into
four payments and then taken them 4 successive monthly payments for the
whole year.

I called them up and asked them if I could actually pay monthly and was
told it was not possible.

Its annoying because I live in a shared house and it makes the bills
more complicated, apparently I can get a refund if I move out before the
end of the yearly period I have paid for.

Disliked the licence fee before I had to pay it, dislike it even more now.
 
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Him & Her

eps wrote in message news:he6ake$v9d$1@aioe.org...
I was very confused when I went to pay mine, I assumed that
monthly meant monthly. In fact what they have done is split the
annual fee into four payments and then taken them 4 successive
monthly payments for the whole year.

I called them up and asked them if I could actually pay monthly
and was told it was not possible.
Why not ask them for a paypoint card? Pay what you want, when you
want just by walking in anywhere that takes paypoint.

Regards,
 
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Vicko Zoomba

Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.

However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so)  so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
I get my own back too. I don't pay for the bloody thing. Not while
they're giving J. Ross millions in "wages".

McK
 
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eps

Him said:
eps wrote in message news:he6ake$v9d$1@aioe.org...

Why not ask them for a paypoint card? Pay what you want, when you
want just by walking in anywhere that takes paypoint.

Regards,
I did not know you could do that, they didn't tell me when I called them.
 
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Him & Her

eps wrote in message news:he6cbe$1om$1@aioe.org...
I did not know you could do that, they didn't tell me when I
called them.
They seem to keep it quiet for some reason, guess they'd rather
everyone was on DD but I've one in front of me right now. Two
tone blue swipe card. It has card number / name / membership
number on the left. TV Licensing savings card on right.

Magnetic strip and Paypoint info on back.

Regards,
 
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AlanG

Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.

However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so) so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
Just don't pay the tax and disconnect the TV.
If I could wean my wife off soaps ours would be for DVD only :(
 
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Cynic

Just don't pay the tax and disconnect the TV.
If I could wean my wife off soaps ours would be for DVD only :(
Simply download all the episodes from the newsgroups and your wife can
watch them without having to be in front of the TV at a particular
time.

UK soap episodes usually show up on the newsgroups a day or so after
they are first shown, often in HDTV (if you can spare the disk space
to download 10GB or so per episode). US soaps show up a week or two
*before* they first appear on UK TV.

Use the savings in TV licence fee to get yourself a fast, unlimited
Internet connection :)
 
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Jonathan Bryce

Cynic said:
Simply download all the episodes from the newsgroups and your wife can
watch them without having to be in front of the TV at a particular
time.

UK soap episodes usually show up on the newsgroups a day or so after
they are first shown, often in HDTV (if you can spare the disk space
to download 10GB or so per episode). US soaps show up a week or two
*before* they first appear on UK TV.

Use the savings in TV licence fee to get yourself a fast, unlimited
Internet connection :)
Or if it is BBC / ITV / C4, watch them on their website.
 
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AlanG

Simply download all the episodes from the newsgroups and your wife can
watch them without having to be in front of the TV at a particular
time.
That would be unlawful.
UK soap episodes usually show up on the newsgroups a day or so after
they are first shown, often in HDTV (if you can spare the disk space
to download 10GB or so per episode). US soaps show up a week or two
*before* they first appear on UK TV.
I want her weaned off the soaps not pandered to
Use the savings in TV licence fee to get yourself a fast, unlimited
Internet connection :)
I'd rather expand my dvd subtitled collection
 
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Alex Heney

Mine is due for renewal - so I have just received the new licence.

It quite boldly states Licence Fee : £147.50 Payment Method :
Quarterly Direct Debit.

I though this was odd - as I thought that there was a surcharge for
paying monthly.

When I read the details it does in fact state that there is a
fivepound admin charge included in the total "Licence fee" if you pay
quarterly.

I am not too bothered about the 5 quid - however the heading is
definitely misleading - it should state Licence Fee : £142.50 - Direct
Debit Surcharge £5.00.

However - I can get my own back on them:

You can also pay monthly - so the £142.50 is spread over the first 6
months and then you continue paying monthly (11 quid or so) so that
half of next years is paid before the licence starts - and half during
the first six months of the next year.

I am going for this - but will cancel the payment plan after six
months.

Easy installments at no extra cost.

I see nothing wrong with this - but I bet that the authority will.
They certainly will if you continue to use the TV after the licence
runs out.

An if you are just talking about doing the same thing (or paying by
some other method) when it does, I think you will find there are
contractual obligations involved in starting that scheme.

TBH, it actually seems a very reasonable way to pay your licence fee,
and is what I have done for several years now.
 
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Alex Heney

I was very confused when I went to pay mine, I assumed that monthly
meant monthly. In fact what they have done is split the annual fee into
four payments and then taken them 4 successive monthly payments for the
whole year.

I called them up and asked them if I could actually pay monthly and was
told it was not possible.
Funny.

It is perfectly possible, and is the way they seem to push most.


But only by (as in Judith's post) paying 6 months ahead and 6 months
in arrears.
 
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Alex Heney

eps wrote in message news:he6cbe$1om$1@aioe.org...


They seem to keep it quiet for some reason, guess they'd rather
everyone was on DD but I've one in front of me right now. Two
tone blue swipe card. It has card number / name / membership
number on the left. TV Licensing savings card on right.

Magnetic strip and Paypoint info on back.
But with that you have to pay the full amount (no mater how many "bit"
you pay it in) before the licence becomes due.
 
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Alex Heney

Simply download all the episodes from the newsgroups and your wife can
watch them without having to be in front of the TV at a particular
time.

UK soap episodes usually show up on the newsgroups a day or so after
they are first shown, often in HDTV (if you can spare the disk space
to download 10GB or so per episode). US soaps show up a week or two
*before* they first appear on UK TV.

Use the savings in TV licence fee to get yourself a fast, unlimited
Internet connection :)
You shouldn't really advice people to break the law in a "legal"
newsgroup :)

Most of them are available perfectly legally (but for a limited time)
via iPlayer or the equivalent from the other networks.
 
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Judith M Smith

They certainly will if you continue to use the TV after the licence
runs out.

I have not said that I intend to do that - that would be dishonest.

My understanding is that the licence will run for a year - I will have
paid for it after six months.

Having paid for the licence for the full year, I may decide that I
never want to watch television again once that licence expires; hence
I do not need to pay for the licence for the following year and will
stop the direct debit.

Whether I change my mind at the end of the year and repeat the process
must also be a possibility.

I am being no more underhand than they are when they state that the
licence fee is £147.50. It isn't.
 
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Chris Blunt

Or if it is BBC / ITV / C4, watch them on their website.
You still need a TV license to watch live TV shows streamed on
internet web sites.

Chris
 

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