posted on Apr, 13 2013 @ 07:55 PM
Lets clarify some things.
TV Licence is not uniquely a British thing.
Countries requiring a TV Licence:
Secondly, theres a lot of misunderstanding what a TV Licence in the UK is for, and why its required even to watch non-BBC channels.
The licence provides funding to the BBC for programming and infrastructure
. Said infrastructure, aka, transmission masts, are used by all
channels, not just the BBC. A lot of masts in the UK are owned and managed by Cable & Wireless (not all), but all are leased by the BBC, who pays for
their maintainence, and grants other channels the use of them. Your TV licence, in part, goes to pay that maintainence.
Finally, you do not
need a licence to own a TV. You could have 1001 TV's and the BBC still couldn't make you obtain a licence. You do,
however, need a licence if you watch or record
so much as 1 second of broadcast television in your property, as it is being broadcast.
You do not need a licence to watch catch-up-tv over the internet. Even if you stream said show to a TV.