Thursday, October 06, 2005

Blind TV watchers get free ride

The Times today tells us that the government plans to force all households in Britain to switch from analog to digital TV. But certain people need not fear, as the government plans to pick up the cost for certain classes of people.
Yes, the Government has promised to pay for new boxes for the over-75s, the blind and the disabled.
It seems odd enough to me that the government is in a position to tell people what kind of TV they are going to watch. But it seems doubly strange that it plans on picking up the tab for people who can't even watch TV.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mark Vassallo said...

Scott, don't forget the many people who now listen to the radio through their digital telly (though they would, no doubt, need brail controllers to select the right channel)....

4:41 PM  
Blogger Scott Callahan said...

Wouldn't it be cheaper just to buy them a radio?

5:00 PM  
Blogger Vol Abroad said...

I think this is probably a relic of the current tv license structure - blind people currently don't have to pay.

You also get (or did get) a discount if you only have a black and white tv.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Mark T said...

note, and the dis-abled. Given there are something like 8.5m registered diabled ( an unbelievable 15%) and around 2.5m on disability benefit (fudging the unemployment figures nicely) this is a considerable matter!

11:13 AM  

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