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(Original post by Ladyluck)
I never though of that. Im sure you can get them from computer shops.(d'oh)
BUT THAT ISNT MY POINT! Is TV at UNI a bad combo! a better idea not to do the tv marathon and do work.
Ive had access to y own Tv for all 18 years of my life! im not sure how i'd cope without 1! I am more of a Music person tho. I have spent uch of my hard ent wages over the years on a MINT sound system, wkd speakers, and a seperates system, im sure gonna miss it. Its a big big to take to Uni. im considering buying a mini stearo system.

DO many people do that or just make do with a cd walkman?!!
I have a pretty big sound system at home, but I've only taken a small stereo with my to uni. Partly due to the fact that my room is tiny, so a big stereo would take up lots of the room, and that its a hassle as its to big to lug it back and forwards during the holidays.
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My fiend's taken a TV and everyone goes to her room to watch it which has forced her to make friends! She says it's good as she doesn't want to go out EVERY night and if yuo can't sleep/feel like poo, you just want to snuggle up in front of the TV!

On the music front I was going to get one of those mini £30 CD players from argos or somewhere so it won't take up too much space in my room.
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(Original post by loftx)
your details will be taken down when you buy one and put on the database.
Hence the fact that you shouldnt give you real address or if you must give your parents address where they have a TV licence.

The chances of getting caught are very slim anyway however they do target students as this is a catagory of people who are likley to be in during the day.
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get a tv card for your computer.

much cheaper (£30ish), nothing extra to carry around, and no need for a tv licence as you'll never get caught.
WRONG.

Very WRONG !

(Original post by TV Licensing - Students)
If you're using a television set at university or college, or anything else to receive or record television programme services (such as video recorders, set-top boxes or PCs with broadcast cards) without a valid TV Licence then you could be prosecuted and fined - which could make your days at college a lot less fun than they should be.
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In this modern day and age where we can watch hundreds of channels having to pay over £100 to watch the BBC is just stupid.

As for the computer card thing they would actually have to catch you using it, this could prove hard.
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(Original post by Mark_KK)
In this modern day and age where we can watch hundreds of channels having to pay over £100 to watch the BBC is just stupid.
Yeah, what's the need for any public services? Let's do away with them all and be ruled by corporation. No harm in that. :rolleyes:

As for the computer card thing they would actually have to catch you using it, this could prove hard.
Quite.

Expression - my point is not that in theory you can't be prosecuted for it, just that as long as you register it under your parent's name and don't leave an aerial hanging out the window, the chances are so minimal.
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If you take a TV, turn it up loud and lock the door you might not run into any of them student types that float about
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(Original post by Mr K)
If you take a TV, turn it up loud and lock the door you might not run into any of them student types that float about
Lol

We're not that bad...

I haven't brought a TV to uni and, although I missed it at first, I don't even watch it when I go home now. I see it as a good thing - more time to get on with work and socialise with friends.

You may attract more friends if you have a TV in your room, but you may also end up attracting people you don't like and then can't get rid of every time Eastenders is on...
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(Original post by Ladyluck)
Is it a good idea to take a tv to uni with you?

I've had advice not to, it means that you stay in more and not socialise as much as you would if you had to! (ie with no tv!!) Also most places require that you have a TV licence 100 quid a year (ish?) and it means you probably wont have much as an incentive to do work. It will be awkward to take home if you have to vacate at xmas and easter.

But - its good to keep up with eastenders and its familiar if you feel homesick!

I was just wondering if anybody else was going to take a TV - trivial question i know !
Do you have a common room with a shared TV or anything? Or a roommate who may be taking a TV? The liscence is £118. I don't really watch that much TV there is too much other stuff to do, and there is one in the common room if we want it. I wouldn't bother personally. Lots of people have them, and if there's something you really want to watch I'm sure you can do it in somebody else's room, I have before. If you do take a TV take a video player as well, coz we tend to watch quite a few videos and you don't need a liscence for that. I would take a CD player though if I were you, I don't really know anyone who just uses a walkman. I get the threatening letters too, at home and at uni!
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Don't forget that if you're only in hall for Sept-May then you only need your TV licence to cover 9 months and so can get a refund for a bit less than a 1/4 of the licence fee.

It's still not really worth taking at first - after 3 months of uni you'll know whether you've missed it or not and can always bring one back with you after christmas (or even better get one second hand from a student in one of the later yrs of their course).

Also even if you don't use your TV if it's capable of recieving a signal (even if it's unplugged when the inspectors come) then you need a licence. The only person who got away with a video playing tv without a licence had his tv made physically incapable of picking up any signal apart from the video player...so unless you want to spend a lot of money on getting your tv modified you need a licence even if you are only using it to watch videos.
You can pay your TV liscence in monthly instalments if thats easier, I think it's about £8 a month. That said, no-one in our house seems to bother with a liscence. They just unplug their TVs, and apparently you can't detect a signal. Somebody suggested taking a cheap portable CD player, that's what I did, and it's easy to take home, and not too valuable if you want to leave it in your room, so it's the best option really.
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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
Also even if you don't use your TV if it's capable of recieving a signal (even if it's unplugged when the inspectors come) then you need a licence. The only person who got away with a video playing tv without a licence had his tv made physically incapable of picking up any signal apart from the video player...so unless you want to spend a lot of money on getting your tv modified you need a licence even if you are only using it to watch videos.
I hate to even try to disagree with you pencil queen, but I am sure that's wrong. You only need a licence if you use equipmet capable of picking up a TV signal - not if you just own equipment capable of doing so.

My main sources are these:

http://www.tvlicensing.biz/info_on_t...sing/index.htm
http://www.tvlicensing.biz/telegraph...1949/index.htm

Am I being mislead as usually you seem to be the authority on practically everything
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Er, what makes you think you will never get caught? TV cards are treated in exactly the same way as normal TVs tot the licencing people. TV detector vans detect them in the same way and your details will be taken down when you buy one and put on the database. So there really is no difference.

However it's unlikely you will get caught anyway and even if the leicence people do call yuo should be able to avoid a fine.
Yeah, apart from the fact that a steel computer case acts as a Faraday cage.

TV licencing authorities could not prove you were watching TV unless they specifically checked every single room, and every single computer.

In the case of private accommodation, the TV licencing authorities have no right to even come onto your property. To gain access to the premises, they need a police warrant (and must be accompanied by 2 police officers) but to get the warrant they need proof. But to get the proof, they need to gain access to your premises. You get the picture. If they do harass you at your doorstep, tell them they are trespassing and you will call the police if they don't remove themselves. Do no tell them your name, or if you do, give them a false one.

TV detector vans are also a lie. They cannot detect anything like what they're made out to. I.e. they would be able to say "there is a TV in the vicinity" but they wouldn't be able to tell exactly where. In flats or halls of residence, they have no chance.
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Also if it's unplugged, there is no need for a licence.
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No aerial means it's not capable of receiving a signal.
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No aerial means it's not capable of receiving a signal.
Thats where it all gets a bit shakey - If the TV is off dosn't that technically mean it's not capable of receiving a signal as well?
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