Cancelling TV Packages

Make it quick and easy to cancel TV subscriptions. Equality!

Some small operators of TV satellite channels require subscribers to sign up for a minimum of 12 months. Some make cacellation difficult – 14 days written notice must be given for something that can be effected in 5 minutes. Notifications are "lost". When evetually acknowledged, requests to cancel are too late for this month. A viewer who starts cancelling after 12 months often ends up paying for 15.

None of this would be too bad if viewers were getting the package they signed up for, but under one sided contracts, viewers must sign up for 12 months but the broadcaster can drastically vary their content, removing flagship shows that were the main reason for signing up and gave every appearance of being permanent features.

The channels in question do not incur any equipment set up costs, simply the cost of processing a direct debit, usually 5-10 minutes time for an operator in a call centre.

The operators in question have atrack record of laying on attractive flagship shows and luring subscribers in, knowing full well that they cannot sustain the output, and without the restrictive clauses audience churn would be much higher.

Why is this idea important?

Make it quick and easy to cancel TV subscriptions. Equality!

Some small operators of TV satellite channels require subscribers to sign up for a minimum of 12 months. Some make cacellation difficult – 14 days written notice must be given for something that can be effected in 5 minutes. Notifications are "lost". When evetually acknowledged, requests to cancel are too late for this month. A viewer who starts cancelling after 12 months often ends up paying for 15.

None of this would be too bad if viewers were getting the package they signed up for, but under one sided contracts, viewers must sign up for 12 months but the broadcaster can drastically vary their content, removing flagship shows that were the main reason for signing up and gave every appearance of being permanent features.

The channels in question do not incur any equipment set up costs, simply the cost of processing a direct debit, usually 5-10 minutes time for an operator in a call centre.

The operators in question have atrack record of laying on attractive flagship shows and luring subscribers in, knowing full well that they cannot sustain the output, and without the restrictive clauses audience churn would be much higher.

Satellite Dishes for Flats

Allow occupants of flats to have satellite dishes fitted by registered dish fitters without requesting permission from landlords. One dish per flat, fixed position or steerable, up to 1.0 metre diameter. At present tenants have to ask permission and it is often refused if the landlord doesn't like the idea or has a shared dish on the roof – this forces the tenant to take the landlords choice, and usually plays into the hands of one large company. There are other satellites and nationalities out there. At best there are delays, prevarication and pointless paperwork.

Why is this idea important?

Allow occupants of flats to have satellite dishes fitted by registered dish fitters without requesting permission from landlords. One dish per flat, fixed position or steerable, up to 1.0 metre diameter. At present tenants have to ask permission and it is often refused if the landlord doesn't like the idea or has a shared dish on the roof – this forces the tenant to take the landlords choice, and usually plays into the hands of one large company. There are other satellites and nationalities out there. At best there are delays, prevarication and pointless paperwork.

Stop sending satellites and other human clutter into the skies

Because they spoil the view of the sky at night and a clear vista of stars. Natural beauty, such as the sky should be respected and preserved around the planet. Also if the universe had a mind I am sure it would state that it doesnt want such debris from our species in space. Make a pre requisite of a legal obligation before the powers that be can send up cameras, CCTV's, etcetera, satellites for use of human beings. There was one which crashed back to Earth and could have seriously hurt somebody. Respect the universe and a clutter free space unless it is absolutely essential; not for trivia, such as talking trains, etcetera and NOT for motorists obtaining directions which they might just as easily obtain from a map or an A-Z!

Why is this idea important?

Because they spoil the view of the sky at night and a clear vista of stars. Natural beauty, such as the sky should be respected and preserved around the planet. Also if the universe had a mind I am sure it would state that it doesnt want such debris from our species in space. Make a pre requisite of a legal obligation before the powers that be can send up cameras, CCTV's, etcetera, satellites for use of human beings. There was one which crashed back to Earth and could have seriously hurt somebody. Respect the universe and a clutter free space unless it is absolutely essential; not for trivia, such as talking trains, etcetera and NOT for motorists obtaining directions which they might just as easily obtain from a map or an A-Z!