TV licence definition upsets consumers
A seemingly minor change in the wording of the SABC’s TV licence reminder e-mails has consumers up in arms.
Beeld reports that the annual reminder e-mail warns members of the public that broadcasting legislation requires a valid TV licence for the use or possession of a television set.
However, this uncontroversial sentence was followed for the first time with a sentence that this includes a monitor without receiving capabilities which could be connected to a receiving device, such as a ‘digital box/decoder, DVD or PC etc.’
The SABC’s website still reflects the narrower definition of a television set contained in the Broadcasting Act.
Although it is not explicitly mentioned, consumers quickly pointed out that the SABC’s interpretation could mean that people require a television licence to stream content on their computers.
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