Do I need a TV Licence to watch streamed programmes?

Yes, you need a TV Licence if you watch or record live TV on any channel, or download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer. This applies to any device or provider you use.

No, you don’t need a TV Licence if you only ever watch on demand or catch up programmes on services other than BBC iPlayer (and you also never watch live TV programmes on any channel, including on iPlayer).

What is streaming?

Streaming is watching TV using the internet instead of downloading a file to your device and watching it later.


Other helpful links

Watching and listening online on www.bbc.co.uk/webwise.

Live TV and how you watch it

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