As of 2018, you pay £150.50 for a color TV license (unusually, you pay £100 less if you have a black and white TV). Under the law, it is classed as a tax, so evading the license is tax evasion and you can be arrested for it.
The BBC also operates TV detector vans around the country, the popular image of which is a 1970s Dodge van. Nowadays they are unmarked Ford Transits.
Initially you could watch BBC iPlayer without a license, but starting from 2016, the license also covers it as well.
An interesting note: there used to be a seperate "radio license" until the early 70's, when the main TV license started to cover the fees for radio as well.
Initially you could watch
An interesting note: there used to be a seperate "radio license" until
In Japan, it costs ¥15,490 for a terrestrial license and ¥25,520 for a satellite license. It is required that every house in Japan with a TV should have the license as well. However, unlike the UK, there is no fine if you avoid paying it, and there has been an "epidemic" of people not paying it, due to a series of NHK scandals.
In Japan, it costs ¥15,490 for
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