It has occurred to me that I will need to buy a TV at some point when I acquire a house.

It has occurred to me that I will need to buy a TV at some point when I acquire a house. I have always just watched TV shows and films on a computer by torrents. I want a normal living room with a nice fat TV and a comfy sofa.

The problem is, from visiting friends and family I don't think I can deal with smartTVs. They have always been slow, buggy, packed to the brim with integrated ads and not to mention all of the privacy spying that goes on. After spending my life watching youtube with ad block, I find the amount of ads on the TV youtube app to be completely insufferable.

How do I deal with this? My first thought was to just have a small linux box, perhaps using syncthing to sync TV shows and movies to it, but I don't particularly want to have to whip out a keyboard/mouse to control it, it would also mean I'd need to have a HDD from my PC to sync all these files with, which would double the space needed. I also maaaaybe want to be able to see regular channels.

How do I deal with this? I refuse to subscribe to any TV channels or monthly fee services.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I downloaded a picture of a smartTV for this thread, but accidentally attached a photo I took of a letter I got from the TV licensing goons, fitting lmao

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >TV licensing goons
      damn, i didn't know TV licenses could also goon
      they are just like me every time i open 4cheddit.com

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous
  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    dont fall for the mafia anon, they're just trying to pressure you to pay up

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    AFAIK there are some Smart TV models that let you install custom APKs. Maybe it's worth looking for a model that let you install Newpipe, for example.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Or smartube for Android TV. It's way better than newpipe or its forks. It has both adblock and sponsorblock built in and is able to look at nested comments.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just buy any TV and don't connect it to the interwebs
    No one is forcing you to connect it, roku almost discourages it

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This
      LG OS is spyware but I don't have to use it, instead I take advantage of the beautiful screen using HDMI and Jellyfin. Easy to block a device on your router.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        why block? simply don't connect it to Wi-Fi if all you're using is the HDMI port.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I like using Jellyfin.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is the way. TVs do not connect to the internet in our house. Plug in a Roku. AirPlay anything you want to watch on YouTube from an ad blocked browser. Run a pi hole.

      Optional: run your own media server and yt-dlp all the vids you want to watch. Kind of a pain but I am really tempted to do this every so often.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just bought an Android TV, got rid of the stock ad ridden default launcher, and use it much like my computer for watching shit.
    There's also versions of the youtube app and other apps that are ad free.
    I also have this tachiyomi style video app where I can stream pretty much anything from anywhere in the world, which is a little ironic since I pay for crunchyroll, youtube premium, netflix, and Amazon prime (video).

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    plex or jellyfin, libreelec on a Raspberry Pi or even a steamdeck, flexget, and transmission daemon.
    you could go ham with radarr and sonarr, a big fat nas, a Usenet sub, etc.
    I've got 3 kids and a stay-at-home wife and I haven't had a cable subscription since I left the apartment that included one with rent 13 years ago

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'm gonna have to google all these, I am completely ignorant because I've never really had to touch any of this stuff before

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I've got my SteamDeck hooked up to a 32" dumb TV with a Plex client installed from flatpak, and a Synology NAS running a Plex server, transmission torrent server, and a flexget scheduled task.
        I get all the TV shows I want, stored and ready to watch usually within 2 hours of broadcast, available to watch at any time of the day from anywhere on the 1st world planet including flights.
        I'll never pay to be advertised to, that's for frickin sure

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          This sounds like something similar I'd want, without the steamdeck. I'll have to research some of this stuff

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I had it setup with a Raspberry Pi running libreelec before, it even had TV remote integration working. however I wanted an umbrel server too and that was right when they stopped selling rpi4s to the consumer market so I haven't replaced it yet.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          think of plex and jellyfin as netflix but it's self hosted. all the video gets sent over http so it;s basically your own streaming service that goes from server>client

          What is the benefit of using Plex/Jellyfin instead of just streaming it from the filesystem via Samba?
          I think one of them is that you can change quality? And in general downstream and stuff. But not sure.
          Also isn't Plex proprietary?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Nicer UI, features like user management (if you give access to friends you can hide the hentai library for example), external subtitles, automatic transcoding. It is mostly the UI windowdressing though.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        think of plex and jellyfin as netflix but it's self hosted. all the video gets sent over http so it;s basically your own streaming service that goes from server>client

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      How do you control it from the couch?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        TV remote works over HDMI on libreelec, or your phone's cast button usually works too.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buy a big monitor.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just buy the TV and do not connect it to the internet?
    You can even make some smart box with Raspberry Pi or whatever and connect it to the TV instead of using built in functionality. I personally just have steam link connected to the TV and use my PC using it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      IIRC those sort of televisions seek out unsecured transceivers if you don’t assign it to your home network

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Theres no proof of that on RTINGS also that's illegal in many countries that matter.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yes they also install an anal tracking device in your anus at night. It’s all true. My dad works at the TV company.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          theres some that might not see that as a downside.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    tell ross mcgaygart of tvlicensing to shove it up his prolapsing anus.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    my setup is a sony smart tv + flauncher + plex + smarttubenext. werks for me

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >large monitor
    >commercial display
    you could've found this shit youself moron. you deserve spyware up the ass.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, I want a large monitor but I don't understand anything when it comes to self hosting media servers, NAS drives, front ends etc so I am asking a technology board where to start. No need to be a bitter twat

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        buy a pc and keyboard mouse combo. solved.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Theres android boxes that act like a set top box. Look those up.
        But not all of those are for pirates

  12. 1 month ago
    The Falcon

    Question to the proto-Burgeristanis: Do I need a loicense if I have no TV, and I only watch BBC content on Youtube?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You do not legally need a loicense, but that won't stop them sending threatening letters and perhaps a few goon visits to peek through your windows

      • 1 month ago
        The Falcon

        Indeed, but my question was: If I was in the UK, and watched a BBC program, but on Youtube and not on TV, do I need a loicense?

        https://www.gov.uk/find-licences/tv-licence
        >You do not need a TV Loicence to watch:
        >streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus
        >on-demand TV through services like All 4 and Amazon Prime Video
        >videos on websites like YouTube
        >videos or DVDs

        So at least there is some sanity.

        Dear proto-Burgers, you went from conquering half the planet to demanding people get a license to watch TV. Have you no shame?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          it's to pay for the free BBC channels, which do not have adverts
          i don't pay it because i don't watch those channels or any others, and i recommend most people do the same

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You need to pay for ANY DEVICE that is capable of receiving a live television broadcast feed. So that is TVs computers laptops phones tablets anything with a screen that gets internet. If your fridge is capable of watching internet tv feeds you will have to pay.

            All of Europe has them

            They are pigs swine and have no legal powers of entry

            TV licensing is a private company. Whoever they send will lie to you over and over again. I've even seen vids of them trying to tell people they needed a license for their phone and laptops, just because you CAN watch live TV on it. I think they must get a performance bonus. A couple of times at Comet they've asked my address, once when I bought a TV stand and another time when I got a TV. I obviously didn't give it to them. Most of what they do is database work, I had a fren who got themselves removed from it. He just put a blanking plate on his coax wall box and booked a visit. He never heard from them again afterwards.

            The propaganda used to be Israeli tier

            >YoU bEtTeR pAy Up Or OuR tV dEtEcToR VaNs WilL GeT yOU

            In Germany it costs 300 bucks per year no matter if you even own a TV or not and they can put you in prison if you don't pay which already happened to some folks. Shit is crazy, they are literally a mafia.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          TV licensing is a private company. Whoever they send will lie to you over and over again. I've even seen vids of them trying to tell people they needed a license for their phone and laptops, just because you CAN watch live TV on it. I think they must get a performance bonus. A couple of times at Comet they've asked my address, once when I bought a TV stand and another time when I got a TV. I obviously didn't give it to them. Most of what they do is database work, I had a fren who got themselves removed from it. He just put a blanking plate on his coax wall box and booked a visit. He never heard from them again afterwards.

          The propaganda used to be Israeli tier

          >YoU bEtTeR pAy Up Or OuR tV dEtEcToR VaNs WilL GeT yOU

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            i knew a guy that worked for them during the 1970s. vans were empty most of the time. they would just drive around the streets and park at various places to give the impression they were doing something and scare people into getting licenses. very rarely did a van have equipment in it. more hash was smoked in those vans than televisions being scanned by radio gear.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I can't find it now, but there was a vid where someone opened the side door of one and there was just a fat guy on a chair reading the paper in an empty van.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >just a fat guy on a chair reading the paper in an empty van.
            yeah that seems about right. equipment does exist to detect ancient tvs but i can't imagine hideously expensive and fragile radio equipment wasn't going to be used all over the country while being driven around by yobs in ford transit vans.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            What kind of equipment?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            it's called a ligma machine

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            not him but you probably could just straight up use a shotgun mic and audio spectrum analysis to look for a spike around 15.625kHz (PAL hsync rate) when looking for CRT televisions, since they put out such a strong signal that it's human audible
            that doesn't guarantee broadcast use though, since any crt displaying pal content will do the same thing, such as playing recordings/prerecorded media, and maybe some old computers (that plugged into a tv, and i say maybe because they didn't always use standard timings that actually match PAL)

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            meant to quote

            What kind of equipment?

            ps. you can find this tone in some old prerecorded music, too, due to monitor televisions being too close to the recording equipment

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous
          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Can you guys just... file a class action for harassment against them?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            You can't, but they can.
            The visits are supposed to only happen after a failure to respond to correspondence, (happens at any point). If you did reply to the letter staing you do not have a tv license due to not viewing any of the bbc shows through a tv signal or the bbc iplayer, an agent could still be dispatched to your residence.
            One guy would reply to the correspondence sent to him automatically, and the company sending him mail filed against the resident for harassment.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >The visits are supposed to only happen after a failure to respond to correspondence
            Isn't harassment just "repeated, unwanted correspondence?" Send them a C&D, and if they persist, file a lawsuit against them. Force them to pay your lawyers money and get a restraining order on them.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            They've been known to file for harassment against people that consistently reply to the letters.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I should clarify,
            Replying to a letter that requests that you reply can have them filing for harassment, which is three or more times that there was unwanted contact.
            They can also refuse to open your letters, therefore they can come around with a "petition for a warrant" which they use to bully people into believing that there is a warrant.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I should clarify,
            Replying to a letter that requests that you reply can have them filing for harassment, which is three or more times that there was unwanted contact.
            They can also refuse to open your letters, therefore they can come around with a "petition for a warrant" which they use to bully people into believing that there is a warrant.

            Reply ONCE with a C&D. The second they send any other letter, send them a subpoena.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          If the public pays for the loicense that means that the Foreign Office doesn't pay for its propaganda efforts via the BBC.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      it's necessary to watch bbc programs on bbc iplayer, youtube is fine for now but might not be in the future

      Indeed, but my question was: If I was in the UK, and watched a BBC program, but on Youtube and not on TV, do I need a loicense?

      https://www.gov.uk/find-licences/tv-licence
      >You do not need a TV Loicence to watch:
      >streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus
      >on-demand TV through services like All 4 and Amazon Prime Video
      >videos on websites like YouTube
      >videos or DVDs

      So at least there is some sanity.

      Dear proto-Burgers, you went from conquering half the planet to demanding people get a license to watch TV. Have you no shame?

      >to demanding people get a license to watch TV. Have you no shame?
      in most countries it's not optional and you're forced to pay out of general taxation

      Why do they mention computer/tablet/mobile phones? I far as I am aware if you let them into your house they are still not allowed to check your computer or any such device, they can only look at your tv and see if it is hooked up to sky box or an (outside) antenna, or if the channels are set up and present on the tv.

      >I far as I am aware if you let them into your house
      without a search warrant issued by a magistrate they have no more rights than a random person off of the street, why the frick would you let them into your house? you don't have to talk to them, you don't have to sign any documents they provide, they have no powers of entry, and if they don't leave your property after you rightly tell them to frick off they're trespassing and you can escort them off of your property using legal and proportional force if necessary
      even in the incredibly unlikely event a magistrate issues a search warrant, which is only likely to happen if they manage to obtain evidence that you're watching broadcast tv and violating the licence, the only thing that changes is that you can't refuse entry, you have to identify yourself, and you have to allow access for them to check your tv and tv recording equipment. you still don't have to answer questions, you still don't have to sign anything, and they can only check your tv. it would never get to this point if you simply to tell them to frick off when they first show up

      >It's a funny thought of how many of these people would be killed in america lmao
      that's why the uk had to ban guns. can't have citizens enforcing their rights against the government.

      >can't have citizens enforcing their rights against the government
      it's not even the government, it's a private enforcement firm

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >it's not even the government, it's a private enforcement firm
        a private enforcement firm enabled by............... the government

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >it's not even the government, it's a private enforcement firm
        frick them. come back with a search loicense.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buy any TV you want, attach an Apple TV via HDMI, win

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't get the TV license thing.
    Does it mean you need to pay a license for the cable service or do you need to pay for just having a TV.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      You need to pay for ANY DEVICE that is capable of receiving a live television broadcast feed. So that is TVs computers laptops phones tablets anything with a screen that gets internet. If your fridge is capable of watching internet tv feeds you will have to pay.

      All of Europe has them

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Nah you only need to pay if you actually watch live TV as it is broadcasted, or use BBC iPlayer. If you have devices capable of playing them but don't use them for it, you don't need to pay. But they will do whatever they can to scare you into paying any way

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Thankfully we no longer have it here in France. It's not like they ever put much effort into enforcing it anyway.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >yfw watching broadcast danish tv for free in sweden
        still no fricking idea what they're saying tho

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The idea is that it's meant to be a tax to support public broadcasters and all that kind of thing, but with a way for people without televisions to opt out.
      It's goofy and it's barely legally enforceable, so they just pay a couple people to try and scare you into it. But the underlying idea isn't the dumbest ever if you get away from the fact they call it a 'TV license'.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >a visit to your property is being authorised

    serious question not US v UK baiting, can these people seriously enter your property? or just door knock to try and collect?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They are pigs swine and have no legal powers of entry

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Even peeking through a window and putting your hand through the mail slot is a bridge way too fricking far.

        It's a funny thought of how many of these people would be killed in america lmao

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >It's a funny thought of how many of these people would be killed in america lmao
          that's why the uk had to ban guns. can't have citizens enforcing their rights against the government.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >muh guns

          police can do the same shit to people in murrica if they have a warrant or an eviction notice

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        > if there's an open window, we're allow to gain access
        *closes the window*

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          the extension cord is in the way, he was probably stealing electricity from a neighbor

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        My terrier would have had that guys fingers

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          You can tell from how he starts every sentence with "obviously" and the confused look on his face that he's not too smart

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Buy whatever TV you want, never connect it to the internet then setup your minipc/server whatever with plex/jellyfin

    it's a big rabbithole to go down but once everything's setup it justwerks

    you're gonna need a lot of drives but if you want space and silence you can go for all ssd setups one something like asustor's flashtor

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, useful

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Alternatively to this diagram you can just use Streamio with realdebrid subscription and just enjoy any show or film imaginable, at top/4k quality, without any hassle.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The correct answer is hooking up a PC to your TV like you said. I do this with all of the TVs in my house.
    >I don't particularly want to have to whip out a keyboard/mouse to control it
    They make a wide array of remote-sized keyboard/trackpad/IR remote combo devices that are good enough.
    >it would also mean I'd need to have a HDD from my PC to sync all these files with, which would double the space needed
    No, just set up a network share on your device that has all of your media. This ranges from trivial (share folders from your desktop with SMB) to as complicated as you want to make it (dedicated NAS + transcoding media server).
    >I also maaaaybe want to be able to see regular channels.
    Any modern TV will have more than one input so you can have your PC on one, and your cable/whatever on another. Or set up live channels on your PC.

    It's so incredibly easy I'm almost surprised smart TVs were able to even take off.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Manufacturers just refused to sell anything else other than smart TVs with their garbage OSes. Most regular people who hated dealing with those just bought a chromecast or roku to never deal with them and still don't care about all the advertizing those do because they at least work better than the shit that came with the TV.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Manufacturers just refused to sell anything else other than smart TVs with their garbage OSes
        Yeah, pisses me off that it's my only option now and every time I'm rolling the dice with "will they even let me watch anything if I don't sign in to wifi?". Just went through the process last weekend getting a setup put in the guest bedroom and found out that apparently remotes are bluetooth now so the IR cloner I got won't work so I need a solution to control volume and PC from one device.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    look, magic

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Why do they mention computer/tablet/mobile phones? I far as I am aware if you let them into your house they are still not allowed to check your computer or any such device, they can only look at your tv and see if it is hooked up to sky box or an (outside) antenna, or if the channels are set up and present on the tv.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is there literally any reason to have a tv over a big pc monitor? Just mount a mini pc on the wall behind it, grab a wireless keyboard and mouse, a nice speaker, and you're set.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The reason is your tech illiterate parents throwing a tantrum fit over installing and using anything slightly complicated like that

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's uncomfortable?
      I want to lie down and control stuff with just my thumb. Also TVs are bigger and have better picture quality for less $ because they're not designed for "gaming" or some shit.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    buy TCL to help fund japanese microdot/qled technology
    out with the asiatic cults, stop buying scamsung burnin

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      TCL is chink shit.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        China already contributed the most on linux kernel in the last decade, they're the good guys, they haev no israelites and Black folk.
        Funding TCL helps BlackBerry rise again, it is related to Alcatel and the its spiritual parent Nokia.

        TGD
        TKD
        TND

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >they haev no israelites and Black folk.
          They have chinks tho. Equally as bad.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >But you need to buy a licence without delay.
    What are the BBCisraelites assuming?

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >The problem is, from visiting friends and family I don't think I can deal with smartTVs. They have always been slow, buggy, packed to the brim with integrated ads and not to mention all of the privacy spying that goes on. After spending my life watching youtube with ad block, I find the amount of ads on the TV youtube app to be completely insufferable.

    had the same concerns. i got a hisense tv with screen mirroring from an android device feature just to avoid using youtube app and most streaming apps. the TV itself is reasonably fast, even before i uninstalled the bloat that i could, and the screen mirroring works like a charm. i got a samsung tablet for shitposting at my office, i can use the screen mirroring from that as well and it works as good as i expected having an actual keyboard to type on and touchscreen controls.

    i've used steam link, virtual hubb and tailscale to use my computer on my tablet. so if i wanted to, i could stream my pc to my tablet with steamlink, then screen mirror with my PC. but my computer uses 2x 1440p screens, main one is 170hz. it's a great setup so using a TV is kind of pointless.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Fear mongering in bongland seems to be even worse than in lardland sometimes. What a dystopian nightmare

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You need to pay for that TV that pushes all that woke garbage down your throat.
    HAHHAHAHAHAH!!

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Don't buy a television, buy a display panel. TVs are bundled with stupid shit. Displays are what businesses buy for... Well, displays (internal bulletins, showing menus or their own looped ads to customers, etc). No need to uninstall anything because it was never loaded. You just have to provide the video sources as inputs. Example: https://youtu.be/-epPf7D8oMk?si=EtMyu7Vc2xw504_b

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I will need to buy a TV [...] I want a normal living room with a nice fat TV and a comfy sofa.

    So how are you coping with the fact that you are an NPC...?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      all the cool kids own a television

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    > you can opt out
    Lucky bastard. Here in Germany you must pay for the radio license. This is not negotiable and I can't unsubscribe. Their public funded programming has fricking ads! I don't want to pay for this shit.

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think you can still get business/industrial tvs with the smart tv stuff.

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I don't particularly want to have to whip out a keyboard/mouse to control it
    CEC exists. Even something like a Pi running LibreELEC can be controlled, suboptimally, with the TV's own remote.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You can either ignore the letter and wipe your arse with them, or you can write to them and tell them you don't need a license as you don't watch live TV, this will stop the letters coming for a few years.

    If you go with the first option, don't be a moron and don't give them your name if they ever turn up to the front door, they have no right of entry, they're just contractors hired from Capita.

    I've been at my current address for almost a decade now, not one loisence goon has ever come to my door.

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i just bought a 4k commercial display second hand and yeah its fine.
    the problem with new tvs is even if you dont connect to the internet its still dogshit menus, slow bogged firmware etc. my last tv every fricking time it turned on would complain that the programme map changed and needed retuned because the signal was spotty in the city. just brainless software.
    i have a box with a tuner card running tvheadend.
    alias for mpv setting drm output on an otherwise headless box and a tablet as a remote control via ssh.
    in a previous life i used a ps3 to play media from gerbera or whatever its called now (via dlna/upnp)

    i wouldn't touch jellyfin or plex with a fricking pole. we had open standards to remote play media and these are the opposite. 'app' ecosystems are evil and shit. i have once tried firestick with plex as dlna renderer and it needs the app running to work and even then its not robust. just not worth the ballache whatsoever.
    jellyfin being open source or whatever doesn't make it good.

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >My first thought was to just have a small linux box, perhaps using syncthing to sync TV shows and movies to it, but I don't particularly want to have to whip out a keyboard/mouse to control it, it would also mean I'd need to have a HDD from my PC to sync all these files with, which would double the space needed.
    just save them to the syncthing folder to save redundancy.
    A lot of tvs have phone apps - worth a look over using kb/mouse.
    for channels - freeview or using the bbc/itv apps and either cast to tv or yt-dlp to syncthing folder

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    As an american I always been fascinated by this guy https://www.bbctvlicence.com/ who has been refusing to pay for the license and posting every letter he gets . Amazing amount of waste on their end to try to scare him since 2006.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oi mate.. you got a license for that?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Nah bruv innit, we yanks don't need that.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I watch BBC on iPlayer and I have never step a foot on the UK. I also ignore the NHK morons here in Japan.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >It has occurred to me that I will need to buy a TV at some point when I acquire a house.
    My house still has no TV

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    my tv is just a glorified 40 inch monitor for my 2nd hand elitedesk running debian for media player and free iptv on living room

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm a landlord and we get these letters every month on the empty flats. I must have had thousands of these letters over the years. Never once have they visited, nor have I ever seen the special detection van.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >picrel
      Are they waiting for you to open your shades or something with that big camera?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        cameras are more easily understood than a radio antenna

  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The licence fee should be abolished and the BBC defunded. It is the literal propaganda arm of the government that is used to inure the populace to awful domestic and foreign policies. If you watch it you are literally being fed propaganda.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This also terrify me.
    I have a 65inch last gen plasma tv, I just connect the hdmi or some usb storage to it.
    If this thing brokes I would have to deal with the whole smart tv cancer.

  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >we may confirm this with a visit

    What's the law about protecting yourself from a home invasion in UK? Unless they have a court order to search your home it's illegal no?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the law is you let them stab you until they feel like stopping, and if you do anything other than ask them to stop you can get in trouble

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The "peace officers" get called over the homeowner disturbing the peace at their own home.

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a Samsung TV without Android (or at least without """smart""" features) and never connected it to the internet.
    Then I bought a miniPC (Odroid N2+, but you could also buy a Raspberry Pi) and connected it with HDMI.
    And I'm running an JeOS called Coreelec on it, it works out of a box, you can control it with a remote etc. and it works for me
    You can download YouTube extension without ads and play it from your phone with "Share" button.
    I update it like once or twice a year because it sometimes breaks (because of YouTube fighting it and shit)

    And I have a homeserver which I can stream the torrents on the TV via Samba, just last night I watched Barry Lyndon in 4k for the first time.

    There are probably better options like Jellyfin and stuff, but I don't understand what it's for tbh. I think to just watch media on any device? And to downscale? But I don't really need to, for me streaming raw files is good, and I can watch it on my phone too in VLC

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If somebody disposes of an old tv in Ingerland will it pretty much instantly get snatched up because of this policy?
    They just go ignored here unless it's a nice Japanese CRT.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No, we can buy/own all the TVs we want
      How the TV licensing thing works is that if your property is not listed as having a license they send you increasingly threatening letters about having launched an investigation, an inspector will visit your property, etc. and in most cases nobody ever shows up. When it reaches that point, the letters start again from the least threatening so there's obviously some automated system sending them in a loop. They have no idea who actually needs a license. You can apparently arrange to let them look at your setup and they then cross you off the list but most people just either pay or ignore the letters and are never bothered.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the goons they send round have no powers and you can get them to stop sending letters by writing to the tvl stating that you withdraw the right of 'implied access'. the only reason they send goons and letters is because nobody knows their rights and think you have to talk to them or let them in

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I've heard of the right of access thing but not sure if it works in practice. I've never had anyone show up but what I've heard is they are contracted to handle a certain area (usually more working class areas it seems) and if they decide to dispatch that person to you, they'll basically play chicken with you to get you to pay up, because they get a portion of the fine/fee if you eventually pay. So it's luck of the draw what kind of behaviour you have to deal with. That guy in the webm further up the thread is clearly (1) not bright (risks losing his fingers to a dog) and (2) fine with lying/posing as a barrister (is that even legal?). That sort of person would probably ignore the right of access thing. Also not everyone has a driveway, I can't deny their right to access the public footpath my front door is on.

          having a TV license is moronic. Dont get me wrong a good country should have a national news channel at least that is free, but that should be paid for with taxes to avoid all this bullshit.

          The logic is it stops the government using funding to manipulate them into supporting/not criticising it. But yeah having this system is pretty stupid.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          seems like a gud scam till this point
          >be tv loicensing mob
          >send out letters etc.
          >idiots don't question it and pay their "fees"
          >profit
          why would you bother having the infrastructure etc. of having goons to go out and heavy hand people.
          That's just margin. Surely either the majority do or don't pay.

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    having a TV license is moronic. Dont get me wrong a good country should have a national news channel at least that is free, but that should be paid for with taxes to avoid all this bullshit.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      the bullshit you're referring to is being able to opt out of subsidising other people who want to watch broadcast tv

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Dont get me wrong a good country should have a national news channel at least that is free, but that should be paid for with taxes to avoid all this bullshit.
      isn't the bbc (like the abc here in aus) "publicly owned"?

      >The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is a British public service broadcaster. Its main responsibility is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
      https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/bbc

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        well yeah but i assume its paid for by that tv license system, not through taxes. Thats what i mean is stupid

  45. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Just buy a big monitor
    Tech Syndicate was always pushing those Korean wasabi mangos, which j believe were reject panels from Samsung? I wonder what the equivalent is for today

  46. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Greet them with a loaded shotgun.

  47. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    anglos are fricking lunatic

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