TV Licence prices - South Africa vs the rest of the World

Jamie McKane

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TV Licence prices - South Africa vs the rest of the World

Despite being loathed by many, South Africa's TV licence fee is actually among the cheapest of its kind in the world.

The local TV Licence fee recently came under the spotlight following reports that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) was pushing for stricter enforcement of payments and working on regulations that would allow for additional avenues of collection.
 

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It could be really simplified...
TV’s generally do not last past 10 years these days.

Why not just create a once off Tax structure based on screen size on the TV when it is imported? it could even be extended to a small fee on FM Radio receivers.

It would force everyone to pay it equally and reduces the administrative burden for a small amount each year.

In theory the funds could be used to fund Sentec as they are needed to distribute the signals anyways.
 

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I bet we will be the only country in the world that charges a licence fee for laptops, tablets, smartphones etc. Hey knowing this muppet show of a government they will probably want to just charge every living person who can see because your eyes are broadcasting to your brain since these fools will stop at nothing to get money out of us.
 

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From the BBC Website - It also states that Netflix is exempt from the license fees.

You do not need a TV Licence to watch:
  • non-BBC programmes on online catch-up services
  • videos or DVDs
  • clips on websites like YouTube
  • closed circuit television (CCTV)
You must have a TV Licence if you:
  • watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast
  • download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand
 

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A tv license in the UK costs £157.50 and it's worth every penny - their productions are excellent and there's no advertising.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications explains that TV licences serve three main purposes:

  • It assigns the costs for broadcasting directly to its consumers, which;
  • creates a mutual and reciprocal sense of responsibility between the broadcasters and the audience members that ultimately;
  • frees the broadcasters from control and influence by governments or advertisers.
The ANC's mouthpiece is hardly free from control by either.
 

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The irony of the SABC, is that those who watch it's content will not pay a TV license. Then there are people like myself and my family, who do not watch their content at all who pay a TV license. If they include Tablets, cellphones, and computers and streaming boxes, in their TV license scheme. I will stop paying altogether.
 

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The TV license fee might be the cheapest in world but how does it compare on value and content offered to those other countries
 

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Another thread on this....

If the license cost is directly linked to content quality they are likely the most expensive out there.
 

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The difference is in the rest of the world you pay for it because you actually use the Broadcaster service, and they have stuff worth watching.
They have a little thing called pay as you use, say just like that other broadcasting service in SA, oh, uhm, what's it called, Mono Choice, Multi Choice or something and every other streaming service!

What is these feel sorry for SABC articles
 

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The article is flawed, in that it tries to justify TV licenses in our county with that of other countries by giving the Rand value of their TV licenses, instead of keeping it in their local currency.
Namibians pay NAM $202. They do not pay ZAR220.
Same with the other countries mentioned.
You need to compare apples with apples, not with oranges.
 

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The TV license fee might be the cheapest in world but how does it compare on value and content offered to those other countries

In those countries, only those who wish to view the content of the Broadcaster need pay TV licenses.
 
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