Living in Japan may just force one to buy a TV set with the NHK broadcasting company’s idea of having people pay for their fees – with or without a television set. With the increase of people using the Internet to stream television shows and news, the population of TV set users has steadily decreased in Japan for the past years. Younger people who are more technology-savvy than their elder counterparts are finding themselves able to live without the use of a television, and can easily inform bill collectors who come knocking at their door that they don’t own one and be left in peace. Bill collectors on the other hand, have no way of verifying this and are often duped by people who own multiple TVs just because they said so. NHK reported that only 73% of their subscribers pay their fees, with Tokyo and Osaka’s percentage even lesser.
The executive committee of NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster, has brainstormed on ideas to address this concern, even coming so far as considering legal action against those who do not pay. But probably the heaviest penalty thought of by the committee is to petition for mandatory payment of fees ,even for those without a TV set. The thought backing up this idea stems from the fact that NHK has been streaming a lot of its contents on the Internet as well, and they see no point in distinguishing between TV and Internet watchers of their programs, with everyone having a fair share of the problem.
Not everyone sees their point apparently, as a lot of Internet users reacted to this idea, with one individual wanting to block off the broadcaster’s signal first before insisting they pay for it. So until this gets resolved, this will remain just an idea from the broadcaster and nothing more.
[via Rocket News]