Do I need a TV Licence if I only use my TV for gaming or DVDs?

The law is changing. From 1 September 2016 you'll need a TV Licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. Find out more

No. If you don’t watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service you don’t need a licence. That applies to any device, including:

  • TV sets
  • Laptops and desktop computers
  • Tablets, mobile phones, satnavs and other portable devices
  • Digital boxes (PVRs), satellite and cable, e.g. Freeview, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, YouView, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV
  • Games consoles
  • DVD, Blu-ray and VHS recorders

Remember, if you watch or record live TV on any device, you need to be covered by a TV Licence.