Stop watching live TV on your work PC instead - it could cost your boss a fortune*

2 October 2009

fsImageResizeIt looks like the boys and girls at TV Licensing have started playing the old game of ‘good cop bad cop’ with us all. A couple of weeks ago, they delighted the nation when they revealed some of the wackiest excuses that licence-dodgers had used in order to avoid the laughably small annual fee of £142.50 per household.

Our favourites were: “I couldn’t make my last payment as my baby was sick on my shoulder and I didn’t want to go to the shop smelling of sick because the guy I fancy works there” and “I have not been making payments because a baby magpie flew in to my house and I have had to stay in to feed it.” Superb.

Now though, just as we were starting to believe they were human rather than the soulless owners of cold, black shrivelled-up hearts, the TV License hit squad are back to their menacing best, putting the frighteners on small firms whose staff watch live TV on their computers.

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Of course, if the firms don’t possess a valid TV licence, that online telly trickery is illegal and detector van drivers will have good reason to burst in, render everyone helpless with a secret kind of gas, and then pull all their teeth out. Or something.

Here’s the complicated part - if you’re at work and you’re watching TV on your mobile phone or a battery-powered  laptop you’ll be covered by your own TV licence, assuming you’ve got one. But plug that equipment in and all of a sudden the onus is on your boss to have a valid TV licence. Or it’ll be everyone's teeth rattling around in a big jar.

TV Licensing henchman Ian Fannon explained to the BBC News website (from where we nicked this story) that firms who say they don’t need a licence could be inspected without warning at any time by the gas-tank-wielding, teeth-removing hit squad. Ominously, he roared: "We have prosecuted people for watching on a computer."

Anyway, what the fuck are you all doing watching Jeremy Kyle on your computer when you should be working? Eh?? No wonder this country’s in the mess it’s in.

* Unless you hate your boss, in which case, you'll need to leave TVCatchup running in the background while you work before making an anonymous call to the TV Licensing snitch team on 0844 800 6790. Probably better if you do it on the computer of a colleague you loathe so as to avoid any disciplinary action.

TOPICS:   TV

19 comments

  • NobbyB
    Isn't the onus on the person watching to have a license, not on the owner of the building?
  • Harry
    @nobbyc not really. I could go to my friends house and watch his tv. He still has to have the tv license, not me. Usually the computers you watch the tv on are property of the company anyway. But tbh, theres always probably a rule in there that you werent suppose to be watching tv, you were suppose to be working.
  • Deepz
    Is there a way of watching live TV from the Internet without p2p? As far as I know the only 'legal' ways were via recorded services (iPlayer, ITVCatchup) but the TV licence only covers the recieving of a live transmission or something?
  • CompactDstrxion
    You can watch BBC channels live on iPlayer, Deepz
  • Jase
    @Deepz True. TV licensing only covers the receiving of television as it's been broadcast...which is why you can watch iPlayer, ITVCatch-up and 4OD without a license. On a side note, a business CAN be inspected without warning...but that's if the owner of the building allows an inspector onto the premises. An inspector is a civilian, and has no more right to enter a private property than you or me. It's only when accompanied by the police with a search warrant can they enter without permission.
  • bernard b.
    'On a side note, a business CAN be inspected without warning…but that’s if the owner of the building allows an inspector onto the premises. An inspector is a civilian, and has no more right to enter a private property than you or me. It’s only when accompanied by the police with a search warrant can they enter without permission.' Yes and they rely on most people NOT knowing this. Turn the feckers away, they might claim you have to let them in, but it is rubbish. They have no right to enter.
  • In f.
    I'm just happy to finally see an article on bitterwallet with the phrase "but plug" in it. About time!
    • Andy D.
      @In your face - no problem. I'll add it into the story's tags so that it's easier for other like-minded readers to find.
  • Rob
    They should get rid of the licence fee anyway. It's nothing more than a TV tax.
  • NobbyB
    Harry >not really. I could go to my friends house and watch his tv. He still has to have the tv license, not me. If you are the one caught watching TV (if your friend is not there) you are the one breaking the law. Not him. Similarly if your boss is not watching TV and you are (especially without the boss's knowledge), then the onus is on you to ensure a license is in place.
  • Mr. B.
    click here >>>> http://www.tpuc.org/stoppayingtvlicencefees and read and then decide if you want to pay your TV licence. It is as simple as saying 'no contract'. There has never been a successful prosecution using a 'TV Licence detector van'. The only way they can take you to court is if you let them in and sign their paperwork which basically incriminates yourself. You then get a summons(invitation) and you get whacked with a fine. It happened to my friends nan. She didnt have a TV in her new flat. She was sent threats from Consignia, who collect your TV Tax, to pay. She invited them round to inspect her flat, signed the paperwork and ended up in court. Clear cut case. Fine + court costs. You do not need to sign anything or let them in. The Police do not want to get involved as this is a civil matter. If you're not convinced watch this video >>> http://www.tpuc.org/content/john-harris-its-illusion-2-bcg-conference. When they start sharing your 'TV Tax' amongst the other 4 channels, the price of TV Tax is going to double! LOL
  • Brian
    Hi, my name is Brian. My mother has paid for a television license.
  • applesux
    At Brian... Your mothers has been ripped off then! LOL
  • workplace r.
    “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
  • Steve
    Re: # Posted by Deepz | October 2nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm Is there a way of watching live TV from the Internet without p2p? As far as I know the only ‘legal’ ways were via recorded services (iPlayer, ITVCatchup) but the TV licence only covers the recieving of a live transmission or something? ==================================================================== Yes watch www.tvcatchup.com as this is a 'legal' way of watching UK TV on the internet.
  • mike d.
    my friend hasn't paid his tv license in ten years. when the people from capita knock at his door he just slams the door in their faces and laughs at them... there is no such thing as detecter van he says... its all a fraud he says. He also says the only way you can get caught is if you incriminate yourself by signing the paperwork.
  • Perxryn R.
    Watching Live internet TV Channels has never been easier. I visit sites like channelchooser but they are outdated. Seetor.com has basically the same features but it looks very fast and they even play Live Radio Channels. If I want to see Nickelodeon or Discovery Channel or sometimes even Fox TV too keep my friends quiet, it's no problem.Go to Radio to check it for yourself! Happy streaming!
  • Mr W.
    I don't pay any satellite TV subscription fees.
  • Magda S.
    Very informative blog article.Thanks Again. Will read on...

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