What does 'on demand' mean?

The law has changed. Your TV Licence now also covers you to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer. Find out more

On demand means any programme you download or watch that is not being shown as live TV, including catch up TV.

These programmes can be accessed on a website or through an app on a smart TV service, digital box or any other device.

On demand also includes exclusive programmes that are only available online.

You don’t need to be covered by a licence to watch any films or TV shows that you buy online. This includes watching shows on iPlayer that you’ve bought on BBC Store.

Services that provide on demand or catch up TV include BBC iPlayer, All 4, Sky Go, Virgin Media, Now TV, BT TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and ITV Hub.

Find out more about when you need a TV Licence

For help with technology for watching and listening online see www.bbc.co.uk/webwise.

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