Ideally, in a beautiful world, all our best TV choices would be free – or connected to accountable institutions as we used to believe the BBC was; although, lets be honest, it’s always been a bit dodgy!
The boring Beeb was sent reeling in 1955 when cocky newcomer, ITV, joined the black and white universe with lighter, brighter programmes and adverts!
Both took a huge knock when the even brasher Ozzie interloper and all round bad guy ‘Rupe’ Murdoch threw millions into launching British Sky Broadcasting in 1990.
Science Fiction-looking dish aerials sprang up everywhere and Sky now makes him millions after he nicked most of the major sporting events.
Why watch the BBC now? So much of its output is similar tat found on the other 100 or so stations. And after the last five years’ of politically biased reporting socialist look to other broadcasters and on the internet for their news.
Once viewers were no longer compelled to buy a licence, in 2016, the trickle of viewers looking to online streaming turned into a flood. Over half of UK households are now signed up to at least one online service.
If you do not care if you never see another BBC or live programme again ditch your licence and save yourself £157.50 a year some streaming services can be much cheaper. Ditch the TV License.
American borne Netflix arrived in the UK in 2013 offered a 30 day free trial. That’s no longer available. Instead, new members who buy one month’s service get a second month for free.
The advert-free packages are: basic £5.99 a month, Standard £8.99 a month and Premium £11.99 a month.
As you are allowed to watch the Standard package on two devices at the same time – TV, laptop, smart phone – you and another family member can share. The second family member is not supposed to live at a different address.
Now TV allows subscribers to share on six devices, but only two can watch at the same time. Rules are different for Sky Sports.
There is also the ubiquitous Amazon service but as the rapacious company is currently involved in a world-wide industrial dispute with its exploited and abused workforce the Word refuses to scab.
For independent details and advice take a look at the Money Saving Expert website which provides details and includes a handy list of Nextflix hacks.
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