Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 04:03 UTC
Multimedia, AV "With over 3 million downloads per episode, the HBO hit series Game of Thrones is without doubt the most pirated TV-show of the season. Data gathered by TorrentFreak shows that most of the pirates come from Australia, while London tops the list of pirate cities. But why have these people turned to BitTorrent?" Because in order to get it legally, I have to take a monthly subscription costing me €15 per month. So instead, I buy the season box sets as they come out, and download them every Monday morning in the meantime.
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RE[7]: I can't get HBO
by Laurence on Mon 21st May 2012 12:49 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: I can't get HBO"
Laurence
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2007-03-26


I had a period a number of years ago when I didn't have a TV. They sent me the standard "You don't have a license" letter, and I sent the form back with the "I don't have a TV" box ticked. I didn't hear from them again until I bought another TV, about a year and a half later.

Yes, I agree it's not ideal, but in my experience they don't hassle you unless they have a reason to.


You've been lucky then. Or maybe the licence fee collectors have gotten more aggressive in recent years. But either way, everyone I know without a licence (which is surprisingly quite a few) has been hounded, given court summons and so forth - despite them all being 100% entitled not to pay. (they either had a TV to game but didn't watch TV or other such like).

Edited 2012-05-21 12:52 UTC

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RE[8]: I can't get HBO
by MrWeeble on Mon 21st May 2012 17:51 in reply to "RE[7]: I can't get HBO"
MrWeeble Member since:
2007-04-18

Or maybe the licence fee collectors have gotten more aggressive in recent years.


The collection is now out-sourced to a private company who get a percentage, so yes, they are a LOT more aggressive.

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RE[8]: I can't get HBO
by daedalus on Tue 22nd May 2012 07:59 in reply to "RE[7]: I can't get HBO"
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2011-01-14

I don't know about the UK, but in Ireland the wording of the legislation is along the lines of "if you own a device capable of receiving broadcast TV signals" you need a licence, so if you buy a TV purely for using with a games console and never use it for watching a programme, you're still required to have a licence. So the inspectors will still come knocking once you have a TV (regardless of what you do with it), and maybe that's why your friends have been hassled.

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RE[9]: I can't get HBO
by Laurence on Tue 22nd May 2012 08:04 in reply to "RE[8]: I can't get HBO"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I don't know about the UK, but in Ireland the wording of the legislation is along the lines of "if you own a device capable of receiving broadcast TV signals" you need a licence, so if you buy a TV purely for using with a games console and never use it for watching a programme, you're still required to have a licence. So the inspectors will still come knocking once you have a TV (regardless of what you do with it), and maybe that's why your friends have been hassled.


In the UK you only need a licence if your TV is tuned:
http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/

I think technically you can even get away without a licence if your TV is tuned, but not having any stations tuned is any easy way to prove you don't watch or record TV as it's broadcast.

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