Originally Posted by Ratman
So.... you subsidize with a mandantory fee to BBC for each OTA tuning device!
No - one fee per household - covers all tuners.
I'll choose commercials and 100% free OTA.
After 2 weeks in the US watching OTA and basic cable - I'm glad to be back with the BBC...
Purchasing advertised products is at one's discretion.
As I stated earlier, our PBS is supported by contributions only (for no commercials). But.... even if you personally don't donate, it's still broadcasted without fee.
Yep - but what audiences does PBS get? The BBC over here run the most popular channel - not a slightly dull and worthy also ran with a poor budget. I've watched PBS - it's not exactly prime-time viewing is it?
Don't mean to sound as if I'm condemning broadcast practices in the UK. Just amazed.
Was over there around 10 years ago for two weeks. Can't say there's any programming that tickled my fancy that I would pay a fee.
No - but you're not a Brit!
Most of us quite like the BBC - the ratings kind of show that!
We're not alone in having a Licence Fee - lots of countries have them, the US doesn't. When was the last time you saw serious science, history, documentary shows that got decent audiences in prime time on NBC, CBS or ABC?
I'm not criticising the US model - it's just I don't think it's the only one - and I think the breadth, depth and quality of programming we get with ours is a good thing for us. The comparison between NBC and the BBC Olympics coverage kind of demonstrates this. The BBC is only there to serve its audience - who pay for it - and doesn't have to worry about advertisers.