Having now read the rest of the thread, I feel I should add something to my previous post!
I' NOT bragging about not having a TV, any more than I brag about not having a car, or not drinking, or not taking drugs. I hardly watched it when I had it, so giving it up wasn't that much of a strain.
I'm not trying to convert anyone by preaching; if it suits them, that's up to them, and nothing to do with me. However, I do find it a bit sad when the people at work talk about the soaps as if they were real people; the phrase "get a life!" sometimes crosses my mind, but never my lips. Their choice.
One of the things that annoyed me about the licence is that it's collected by and for the BBC. But even if you only ever watch the independent channels, you still have to pay the BBC for it.
I don't see why they can't have a scrambler thingy, and you have to get a decoder, maybe buy cards for so many hour's viewing; that way you only pay for what you get, and there's no way anyone can cheat on the licence fee. Of course, the BBC would still get the money for you watching ITV....