Internet service providers could face a new tax to help pay for unprofitable programmes shown on ITV and Channel 4, which may in turn lead to higher broadband charges for consumers.
The levy could be imposed by the Government on the service providers and websites within the next few years, under proposals published yesterday about the future funding of "public service" programmes which make little or no money for commercial broadcasters.
They "may" lead to higher charges? You think? What planet are you living on, you thick bastards? Of course they will lead to higher broadband charges, you arseholes.
And what if I don't watch these programmes—why the fuck should I have to pay for them? As Timmy points out, there is a reason that these programmes are loss-making.
So why do these programs make little money? Because no one wants to watch them. So why should there be any public subsidy to them? They are clearly producing less value than they cost to produce: this is known as making us all poorer, a destruction of value.
And why should people who deliberately use a different technology, the internet, pay for the failures of an old one, TV? Should we have taxed the car makers to support the buggy whip manufacturers?
This is as silly as taxing dustmen so that Dukes can go to the opera... oh, wait, we do that don’t we?
Why the monkey-crap should broadband providers prop up television? The internet carries far more than television and so why the fuck should I have to pay more in order to underwrite the losses of TV companies? Especially when I don't watch the crappy programmes in the first place?
And—oh my fucking hell—there are just so many unintended consequences to be antcipated here, not least the inevitable shifting in definition of the phrase "public interest programme". Once the TV networks realise that they can get a free subsidy for such broadcasts, you can bet your arse that every programme will start to contain a "public interest" aspect.
Seriously, why don't these fuckers just piss off? There should be no subsidy to any fucking company in any form whatso-fucking-ever. And that includes the sodding BBC.
I really wish you bastards would all fuck off and die...