julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Aug 13 02:41:47 CDT 2006
Roy J. Tellason wrote:
> On Saturday 12 August 2006 07:49 pm, Don wrote:
>> IIRC, in the UK they have mobile units that wander around trying
>> to see how many televisions each home has (?)
> I remember reading about that some time ago (decades?)
Yeah, they've been around for years. It's illegal to have anything capable of
receiving TV broadcasts in the UK without having a licence (about 160GBP/year,
approx $140US). Doesn't matter if the equipment isn't switched on - if it's
capable of receiving a signal then a licence is needed.
The vans can only detect a switched-on set, of course. I don't know if they
can detect plasma screens or not - possibly, but not sure. Seem to recall that
they use a directional antenna and just pick up on certain frequencies
generated by all conventional sets.
> and wondering since
> then how much that whole thing had gotten messed up since computer monitors
> had come into the picture.
Not many people watch TV on a computer screen though. Who'd want to? They're
tiny in comparison to the average TV, plus the higher resolution of the
computer display actually makes for a worse picture
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