May 9, 2007 7:59:56 PM CEST
VMT for your helpful reply.
I had not realised that the scope was so wide. In GB, so I understand, no licence is required for radio alone. I also know someone who has a TV but no aerial and no cable (he can't get a signal with a set-top aerial) and he uses it solely for watching DVDs. He maintains that he does not need a licence. It's interesting to read about the requirement for a computer. This is bound to come in as more and more people get TV via b/b.
In France, you are obliged to give your address when you buy a TV; the shop then has to tell the authorities your address. It may be like this in GB, too, but I'm not sure. Furthermore, in France, you are now deemed to have a TV unless you state to the contrary that you do not. So you have to opt out. You pay the TV licence together with your local tax.