Do I need a TV Licence if I only ever watch on demand services (e.g. catch up TV)?

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 you don’t. As you’re not watching or recording live TV, you don’t need a licence.

Live TV means any programme you watch or record at the same time as it’s being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. See what counts as ‘Live TV’.

If you only ever watch on demand programmes, you don’t need a TV Licence. On demand includes:

  • catch-up TV;
  • streaming or downloading programmes after they’ve been shown on live TV; or
  • programmes available online before being shown on live TV.

Find out more about streaming. For help with watching and listening online see

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

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