The Licence Fee Just Ain’t Enough For The Beeb…

Well it would seem the Beeb are not content with using the full force of the State to rob us in return for some pretty mediocre content. And a second rate F1 service. Now they want to sell us the content we’ve already been forced to pay for…

BBC director general Mark Thompson has confirmed that the Corporation plans to launch a paid for iTunes-style download service, which will allow viewers to buy programmes just after they have aired.

He told the Guardian that the idea, dubbed Project Barcelona, will allow viewers to “purchase a digital copy of a programme to own and keep [for] a relatively modest charge”.

There are no details as to when the service will launch, but there is speculation that the charge for BBC downloads could be around £1.89 per show.

The move is part of Thompson’s plan for the BBC to generate additional revenues to support the licence fee on top of its commercial operations.

I have one question, If the Beeb want to fund themselves in a commercial manner why can’t we drop the TV tax and let them do it..?

Or is that not the point..? Does Mark Thompson just want as much money as he can get so he can fund more crap like BBC 3 and 4, instead of the F1. The latter providing me with at least a sense of value from the TV Tax…

  1 comment for “The Licence Fee Just Ain’t Enough For The Beeb…

  1. James Rigby
    Mar 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The TV Tax is one of the many taxes I legally avoid. And you can too.

    Just don’t watch live TV in your own house or outside on any equipment you own. All the major channels have catch up services, iPlayer, ITVplayer, 4OD etc. Just watch the programmes after they’ve aired. Connect your computer to your big flatscreen TV and your surround system, and away you go.

    If you feel the need to watch live sport, support your local economy and go down the pub with your mates and enjoy it while quaffing a local ale or 10.

    You get the added benefit of receiving threatening letters from Capita on a monthly basis, and if you’re really lucky, you will get a visit where you can enjoy humiliating the tax collector on your own doorstep.

    Incidentally, there is no such thing as a detector van that is able to detect whether you’re watching live TV. Therefore the only evidence they can ever have is your admission, or maybe listening through the letter box.

    As for the Barcelona project, yes it’s a way of creating revenue, and yes, you’ve already paid for this. I don’t have a problem with it provided the costs are merely to repay for the investment in technology required to deliver the service and the cost of running the servers once the initial investment is paid off. But I strongly suspect this is not the case.

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