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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

I only moved to Switzerland a few months ago and was in a temporary apartment for two months and even received a request to pay Billag there! I just ordered cable TV and internet so i am expecting a Billag bill soon as i was told that the cable company notify Billag. Just waiting for my bill rather than contacting them direct.

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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

Hi!

At first, sry for asking these question without properly checking the whole topic (I've just looked at 4 pages and didn't find an answer).

So :

1. This Billag license, is it period of validation calendar year (1.1.-31.12.) or one year from the date I sign it?
2. Is that license on my name or on the house/apartment?

Situation is like this. I recently moved into Switzerland, and I'm in one house from 1.10., i will be here till end of November, then I'm moving in into a new apartment. I do have TV but not connected to anykind of antenna or something else. Just sometimes watching movies from hard disk. There's no even proper connection in house (it's a bit old and it wasn't in use for a long time).

So I was wondering what to do?
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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

No TV subscription -- don't pay the TV component of Billag. If you have a radio, smart phone, car or any other means of picking up radio transmissions (and almost everyone does), you should pay the radio component of Billag.

For your other questions, there's always the Billag website (just ignore their propaganda about everyone having to pay the full bill).
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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

Thanks for quick reply. Before posting on forum, I did check the Billag website but didn't find answer on question about duration period. I must be blind then. :/
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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

As I understand it you should be paying the Billag anyway. Simply owning a smartphone you are able to access the Swiss radio stations and should therefore pay Billag fees. For any TV this will of course also be the case.
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1. This Billag license, is it period of validation calendar year (1.1.-31.12.) or one year from the date I sign it?
2. Is that license on my name or on the house/apartment?
The licenses (there is a Radio license which covers radio reception, and there is TV license which covers TV reception) starts from the beginning of the month you request a license from Billag until the end of the month you unregister from Billag.
Billing is once a year, around registration date, for the next 12 Months.
The license covers one specific household and is in your name. If you move to another place you can simply update the address registered with Billag.

It is a bit like an a license plate for a Swiss car.

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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

Ok, but still didn't get the answer.
So, let's say like this.
Afaik, the fee for both, for one year is 400-450 chf.
If I register with 1.10.2015., will I pay for the rest of the year 400-450 chf, and then on 1.1.2016. get new bill on 400-450 chf?
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Ok, but still didn't get the answer.
So, let's say like this.
Afaik, the fee for both, for one year is 400-450 chf.
If I register with 1.10.2015., will I pay for the rest of the year 400-450 chf, and then on 1.1.2016. get new bill on 400-450 chf?
The next bill will be around October 2016.
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Ok, but still didn't get the answer.
aSwissInTheUS answered your question precisely:
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Billing is once a year, around registration date, for the next 12 Months.
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As I understand it you should be paying the Billag anyway. Simply owning a smartphone you are able to access the Swiss radio stations and should therefore pay Billag fees. For any TV this will of course also be the case.
Owning a smart phone is not in itself sufficient grounds for Billag to demand payment of the TV component. You would need to have a TV subscription to trigger this.
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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

Great!

Thanks 2 all of you.
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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

Do i need a billag if i share an address with my landlord? - 2 post boxes, but one house (i live below him in a self contained flat), if its per household i would say no, am i understanding correctly?

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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

You don't share an address, you share a building.

So yes, you still need to pay.
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Do i need a billag if i share an address with my landlord? - 2 post boxes, but one house (i live below him in a self contained flat), if its per household i would say no, am i understanding correctly?

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If you share loo, kitchen and living room it is one household.
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If you share loo, kitchen and living room it is one household.
Not necessarily at the same time
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Not necessarily at the same time
If you could, it would surely be more of a househalved.

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Re: Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?

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Owning a smart phone is not in itself sufficient grounds for Billag to demand payment of the TV component. You would need to have a TV subscription to trigger this.
Ahhhhh so owning a TV alone (not hooked up) but not a TV subscription means one does not have to pay the TV portion of the Billag?
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Billag questions, please adv

Dear All.


I am moving into Zurich in a couple of weeks time.
the canton gave me a sort of welcome pkg, and one has caught my eye..BILLAG.


I have a simple question which might be answered by someone who knows about it.


I have a Computer and Tablet, and a mobile phone.


the mobile phone contract is with a German Mobile Provider, I would Keep using it as it is a reasonable pkg allows me to use upto 500mb per month and soem free talks even when I am in Switzerland.


Now I must have the Internet Access at home and I have no TV set and Radio set....


Now there are two cases I think


1: to make a contract with mobile Provider so that I just can use it at home.


2: I use the telephone line.....what is it called dsnl or something ? I dont know the Name but just using the line at home having a modem..you know what I mean)
and please note I do only Internet, I do not need any TV nor telephone from the line.




anyway based on the above
what Billag could Charge for me ? or I just pretend not knowing this extortion firm until I get further notice?


Finally note that I don't mind paying this Radio fee at all though I dont know why I should...I guess reading all the threads in the past...you have to pay some part correct ? but definitely not TV..I do not have TV...and of course I will never do this silly Radio+TV fee......


Could you advise me on this?


Thank you all
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Re: Billag questions, please adv

There's a thread on this:

Do I have to get a TV licence from Billag?
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Dear All.


I am moving into Zurich in a couple of weeks time.
the canton gave me a sort of welcome pkg, and one has caught my eye..BILLAG.


I have a simple question which might be answered by someone who knows about it.


I have a Computer and Tablet, and a mobile phone.


the mobile phone contract is with a German Mobile Provider, I would Keep using it as it is a reasonable pkg allows me to use upto 500mb per month and soem free talks even when I am in Switzerland.


Now I must have the Internet Access at home and I have no TV set and Radio set....


Now there are two cases I think


1: to make a contract with mobile Provider so that I just can use it at home.


2: I use the telephone line.....what is it called dsnl or something ? I dont know the Name but just using the line at home having a modem..you know what I mean)
and please note I do only Internet, I do not need any TV nor telephone from the line.




anyway based on the above
what Billag could Charge for me ? or I just pretend not knowing this extortion firm until I get further notice?


Finally note that I don't mind paying this Radio fee at all though I dont know why I should...I guess reading all the threads in the past...you have to pay some part correct ? but definitely not TV..I do not have TV...and of course I will never do this silly Radio+TV fee......


Could you advise me on this?


Thank you all
You only need to pay the Radio fee (for your mobile phone if it has internet and/or a FM radio).

You do not need to pay the TV component.

Ignore different advice given by others.

There's a big thread on here about it.

That's it!
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Re: Billag questions, please adv

Thanks for your simple answer!
Just one question though,


My mobile phone has Internet under my german mobile Provider....the bill is going to my german address...does it Count for thr Radio fee...?


anyway so I can get the Internet from the line at my house and still pay only Radio fee correct?


anyway I do not like having a talk with those Little People coming to my house ..you have this and that ....this is the only reason I will pay the Minimum fee in advance to avoid this....but if I am completely legit not to pay any fees ...then why not...but I guess this Radio things can not be avoided correct....?
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