Pyro Tim wrote:
I don't want to look like I'm condoning law breaking here but...
It is possible to avoid detector vans if you can find reliable internet streams of all the programs you want to watch - though they do mosltly rely on the database that you get added to whenever you buy a TV or other device (ever wonder why they ask for an address when you buy a TV?).
Assuming you have no equipment in your house that's capable of receiving a TV signal that is
Detector vans work by picking up and triangulating something called "IF (Intermediate frequency) re-radiation" - basically any TV or other reciever that is switched on retransmits whatever it recieves on a slightly lower frequency.
detector vans are a myth. They have a list of all the houses without a license, and knock on the doors
Detector vans aren't a myth - or at least they weren't BITD (I worked in the TV repair/rental business up to the mid 90's and got the chance to have a look around inside one), As I said in my post, it's cheaper to rely mostly on the database these days (they cross-reference the list of houses with no licence against the list of those who've bought a TV/freesat box/Virgin/Sky/freeview reciever.
And, as the poster above says, it's actually legal to stream as long as it's not live (I've been in pubs where they screen Football with a 5-minute delay to avoid paying the ridiculous Sky publican rates)
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