When don’t I need a licence to watch TV?

You don’t need a TV Licence if you never watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, and you never download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

This applies to any provider or device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorder.

Find out more about when you need a TV Licence.

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