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The BBC's de­ci­sion to change its li­cens­ing pol­icy re­gard­ing the iPlayer got me think­ing about my own con­sump­tion of live tele­vi­sion. I now al­most ex­clu­sively watch stream­ing ser­vices like Ama­zon Prime and Net­flix, so should I even be pay­ing for a li­cence?

With the Olympics on at the mo­ment, I have been watch­ing some of the cov­er­age, but I could eas­ily go with­out it or sim­ply watch it at a friend's house.

How­ever, in spite of this, I'm happy to con­tinue pay­ing my li­cence fee for a num­ber of rea­sons. For a start, I use the BBC News and BBC Sport web­sites ev­ery day, and I lis­ten to BBC Ra­dio 4 on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. I don't ac­tu­ally need a li­cence for any of this, but I'm happy to con­trib­ute to make sure they con­tinue to ex­ist.

I also believe that hav­ing a high-qual­ity, non­com­mer­cial na­tional broad­cast­ing cor­po­ra­tion is a hugely im­por­tant part of Bri­tish cul­ture. In many ways, stan­dards have dropped at the BBC in re­cent years, but for me, it's still head and shoul­ders above the com­pe­ti­tion.

What are your thoughts? Let us know by email­ing let­ters@mi­cro­ or mes­sag­ing us via Twit­ter (@ mi­cro_­mart) or Face­book?

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