Re: Having a TV and TV Licence is not compulsory....
One wouldn't want a BBC subscription system as draconian as Sky+.
Stop paying for a channel pack, and not only do the live channels go, but so do any recordings you made from those channels in the past.
And if your system encounters a fault (dish moved/lnb fault/cabling fault/sufficiently heavy snow) that prevents live-tv, good luck watching any recordings from any channel.
Sky also charge on a per-receiver basis; if you want to watch another channel in another room, that's another tenner a month. Plus you are required to have a phone line, with all the boxes connected to that phone line.
It's also a requirement to use Sky-brand approved equipment to receive their service.
I dare say there may be scope for improvement, and the behaviour of TVL is arguably repugnant (even when it's their fault, the letters threatening court arrived before the letter advising that a technical error had occurred which stopped the debit card payment going through so they'd revoked the licence they posted earlier).