VCR in the house just to watch vids? Pay the Fee.
Actually, that ain't true. chances are, the licensing changed since you checked it. When i moved into university accommodation last year I checked the rules, found out that if you're just using your TV to watch videos/DVDs or to play games then no license is needed. However, if you're watching live TV on anything that ain't a TV (iPod, computer, etc) then the fee has to be paid. Catchup stuff is fine though.
It's not a TV owning charge, it's one for receiving signals.