TV License fee

mathepac

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.. Maybe not particularly practical but an option all the same.
It is not an option nor is it pratical. An inspector does not have to verify the funtionality of a receiver - if it looks like a receiver to an inspector, you need a licence.
 
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Pat Bateman

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It is not an option nor is it pratical. An inspector does not have to verify the funtionality of a receiver - if it looks like a receiver to an inspector, you need a licence.
That is not the case. This isn't North Korea. The inspector is merely an enforcer of the legislation and is suject to it like the rest of us. If an individual is compliant with the legislation, the inspectors view is irrelevant.
 

mathepac

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... the inspectors view is irrelevant.
Incorrect. In law the inspector is the technical expert, and his view carries the weight of expert opinion in court; in the absence of contrary "expert opinion", his view is all that matters.

Unless the defendant in a TV licence prosecution can offer substantial expert credentials or expert opinion to the court it is unlikely their opinion will carry much weight, unfortunately.
 

Marietta

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Is there somebody who can verify whether a TV licence is required if one only watches TV material on a computer and there is no television apparatus in the house??
 
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Pat Bateman

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Incorrect. In law the inspector is the technical expert, and his view carries the weight of expert opinion in court; in the absence of contrary "expert opinion", his view is all that matters.

Unless the defendant in a TV licence prosecution can offer substantial expert credentials or expert opinion to the court it is unlikely their opinion will carry much weight, unfortunately.
You said "if it looks like a receiver to an inspector, you need a licence".

That simply isn't true.

The view of any inspector does not supercede the facts of any case or what's in the legislation.
 
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Joe Q Public

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Is there somebody who can verify whether a TV licence is required if one only watches TV material on a computer and there is no television apparatus in the house??
Provided you don't have a sky/cable box, outdoor aerial or dish then you will be exempt.

What do you mean by television material?
 

Gulliver

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Is there somebody who can verify whether a TV licence is required if one only watches TV material on a computer and there is no television apparatus in the house??
It appears that no licence is required for Internet-based TV in certain circumstances

The relevant legislation is Statutory Instrument no 319 of 2009 (TELEVISION LICENCE (EXEMPTION OF CLASSES OF TELEVISION SET) ORDER 2009) which states:-
"3. The following classes of television set are declared to be classes of television set to which section 142 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 (No. 18 of 2009) does not apply, namely—
(a) a non-portable television set capable of exhibiting television broadcasting services distributed by means of the publicly available Internet, and
(b) a portable television set.

“portable” in relation to a television set, means that the television set is designed to be easily carried manually by a person and the set and, if it is used in conjunction with another apparatus, that apparatus, is capable of displaying an image of not more than 160 square centimetres."

This latter exemption for portable tv exempts a set with a picture diameter below about 6 inches
 

Marietta

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Joe, my query was for someone else, he has no TV in the house but he does have 2 dishes outside + an aerial, I best tell him to take them down. By TV material, I mean documentaries, news etc.
 
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