TV Licences on Demand

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Are you partial to a bit of iPlayer? Do you spend hours catching up with the latest BBC series on your tablet after a day at the library?

While you will still be able to watch all the telly greats, the law regarding TV licences is changing from 01 September 2016. This means that you will need to buy a TV licence to download or watch any BBC programmes on demand. 

Make sure you don’t get caught out or you risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

That means you:

You will need a licence to:

(1) Download or watch BBC programmes on demand – including catch-up TV – on BBC iPlayer, no matter what device you use.

(2) Access BBC iPlayer through any other provider, such as:

  • Freeview, Freesat or YouView
  • Sky, Virgin Media or BT Vision
  • Apple, Roku or Amazon

(3) Watch or record programmes as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service – on any channel.

You won’t need a licence to:

(1) Download or watch S4C TV on demand on BBC iPlayer or listen to radio on BBC iPlayer.

(2) Download or watch programmes on demand from other providers, such as:

  • ITV Hub, All 4 or Demand 5
  • BT Vision, Virgin Media or Sky Go
  • Netflix or Now TV
  • Apple, Roku or Amazon

Got any more questions? Find out everything you need to know about TV licensing on the official TV licensing website.


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