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Thread: Free-to-air not really Free - radio/tv tax is $9/month

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    Default Free-to-air not really Free - radio/tv tax is $9/month

    I just got my radio/tv tax bill from media development authority (MDA), courtesy of IRAS.

    $110 for a year. that's >$9/month.... for the right to have a TV/ radio ??...
    and if this is said to go into developing local content, then clearly, the standards are seriously lacking.

    Granted, Free-to-air here is better than in some neighbouring countries... but seriously .... mediocre reality shows, local dramas with one of these themes :
    1) Love.
    2) More love.
    3) family politics
    4) A bunch of swimmers who can't act
    5) one of the above.

    ... seriously lame. I have had cable TV for 2 months now... and I think I am getting 4 times the quality of content, for a little over twice of what the "free to air" licence is costing.

    $9 will buy 2 weeks of cable TV. ... and today's ST article supports this (below).... and honestly, if "free" ... then local Tv might still be watchable... but at $9/month ... that is serious money, and the collectors of this tax should account for how this money is being spent ... generating REAL content.

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    More people watch cable TV
    boon chan
    Thu, Nov 12, 2009
    The Straits Times

    Cable channels have eaten into free-to-air TV's share of the viewing pie in Singapore.

    On any given night, about two-thirds or 64 per cent of households with cable television are tuned to a cable programme instead of a free-to-air (FTA) channel.

    This has gone up from four years ago. In 2005, the share of cable programmes in homes with cable was 59 per cent.

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    Default Re: Free-to-air not really Free - radio/tv tax is $9/month

    woww..interesting analysis...

    is it possible to subscribe for cable TV without the local TV so that we don't have to pay the $110 a year? haha...
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    Default Re: Free-to-air not really Free - radio/tv tax is $9/month

    It's called "Radio / TV Licence Tax". ie. bite fingers and just plough and pay, even if you don't watch dumb free to air programs.
    Tum podem extulit horridulum...日出東方﹐唯我不敗。

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    Default Re: Free-to-air not really Free - radio/tv tax is $9/month

    Granted we can't run away from the TAX ... but shouldn't MDA / IRAS provide some accountability as to where all the funds being collected from this tax is going. And, some of the useless local production / drama should simply be axed.

    And come on ... how many lame love stories can we watch, or silly family squabble-type stories.

    Though if you ask me, it's another archiac tax ... just like the driving licence renewal (which is also a tax), which has now been abolished.

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