Introduction: Anti TV Licence Lock

In the UK we have to buy a TV licence if you watch over the air broadcast programs. The problem is that the BBC will not believe you if you say you don’t watch their programs. As such they will harass you with letters threats of prosecution and visits to your home by their so called inspectors.
In this video I will show you how to make a lock for the antenna connection and so make it near impossible to connect it to a TV aerial.
Just waiting now for them to call round my house so I can show them my anti TV licence lock!


StormW (author)2014-08-16

You only need a TV licence to watch "live" TV in the UK.

For this reason alone, it should NOT be called a "TV licence". You can have a hundred tv's in your house as ornament's or to watch DVD's if you wish as long as you do not watch live transmissions on them.

This law is antiquated & obsolete, and the fools who get caught have simply agreed to enter into contract with the TV Licensing organisation by signing their form after answering the door. "Oh, yes please, fine me £1000 for not giving you £145.50 per year for NOTHING".

Don't watch the BBC? tough, they still think they invented tv (nothing could be further from the truth) & want their pound of flesh.

I would have no problem in paying a "BBC subscription fee" if I wanted to watch their output, but not for a so called "TV Licence".


georion (author)2014-07-29

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Bongmaster (author)2014-04-10

they will only argue that the 'set has the ability to receive bbc signals'. which is enough for them.

only way is to physically remove the receiver unit effectively making the tv into a 'monitor' (as in VT monitor not pc)

Kiteman (author)Bongmaster2014-04-10

A blob of solder in the aerial socket should do the job, but so should a simple absence of aerial...

Bongmaster (author)Kiteman2014-04-10

yea but the 'inspectors' will always play on the technicality that since it has a receiver module it is technically able to receive signals therefore they WILL screw u over any chance they get. trust me.
only way is to take the module out and give them the finger ;)

amulder1 (author)Bongmaster2014-04-11

my car is also technically able to go over the speed limit.... don't get a ticket for it unless I do.

Bongmaster (author)amulder12014-04-11

Dont give them ideas :0

Kiteman (author)Bongmaster2014-04-10

As far as I know, the TV licensing "inspections" now consist of comparing the database of existing licenses with the list of post codes - if they find a post code with no license registered, they assume that the license is being dodged, and send out a threatening letter (I know of this happening to people who do not own a TV, or a computer).

Bongmaster (author)Kiteman2014-04-10

now and then they do send random door to door checks to try and catch people out, but i not in UK no more so unsure how things are changing on that front, its similar here where i live now tho. not that i watch tv anyway, got a tv that im removing the module from so i can use it as a monitor for my Pi's and stuff

amulder1 (author)2014-04-10

so they just assume you have a tv... Because how else could they know you have one?

Stan1y (author)amulder12014-04-10

when you buy a tv reciver the retailer is meant togive your details to the licenceing people

amulder1 (author)Stan1y2014-04-11

big brother is watching you....still their people are stopt at the front door without a search warrant.

Pat Pending (author)2014-04-10

Big brother is alive post 1984

liquidhandwash (author)2014-04-10

In NZ they used to have a broadcasting fee, but the people revolted and refused to pay, and generally gave them the run around, (sent them IOUs silly letters, rubber cheques, or payment without any details) It ended up costing more to chase everyone for payment than they were geting out of it so no it is no more!

dbrown75 (author)2014-04-10

I would probably argue that have a set top box best just pretend your not in plus u can also watch live tv on the internet

mcain2 (author)2014-04-10

Doesn't solve their issue as you still have other inputs such as HDMI, they are looking for any receiving equipment such as SKY, set top box or PVR. If you remove their implied right of access in a letter and they may not step foot on your land unless with a court warrant. It solves the issue, I did it and got a letter saying they would not contact me for 24 months period

jabujavi (author)2014-04-10

But you have the key...

Dream Dragon (author)2014-04-10

The law actually states that you need a licence if you have equipment capable of showing TV programs, (whatever channels you watch) so just looking the Ariel socket does not make you safe from prosecution.

They do however assume that if you have the technology you are going to use it, had this discussion with the TV licenceing people a few years ago, and they were quite happy to accept a signed statement that I did not plug the TV into the mains power.

xbuntu (author)2014-04-10

In Denmark they're even worse, they have made it to Media Licence, where there's the same payment if you have a smartphone or an internet connection.

FjK86 (author)xbuntu2014-04-10

the same in sweden.. :-(

thematthatter (author)2014-04-10

Patent this, sell this to them and tell them to add a "seal" to it. The electric meters in the states have seals on them to prevent tampering (and theft of electricity) They can get numbered seals to prove that you don't just take the lock off when the inspector leaves and plug it into the antenna.

jbérubé1 (author)2014-04-10

so owning hardware makes you liable to fees?! it's not your fault the sent their signal without any digital rights management.

omnibot (author)2014-04-10

Swedish TV inspectors are the same. Especially now that parliament has defined computers and tablets, but not phones, as TV's. When I still had a TV, for the screen, I just pulled out the antenna connector and filled the hole with black glue.

hubbe (author)2014-04-10

who's got the key?

andrew mcneil (author)hubbe2014-04-10

I swallowed it!

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