Hospital administrators, caretakers and managers need to make sure that patients and staff on hospital premises are covered by a valid TV Licence to

  • watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.

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

Find out more about watching live TV.

In some cases your hospital’s licence won’t cover all areas. Please call 0300 790 6165* if you’re a hospital manager and need to buy more than one TV Licence to cover your hospital.

Check which areas are covered below to ensure you’re correctly licensed.

You need a TV Licence for

The hospital premises

This includes communal areas, waiting rooms, the wards (including private rooms) and staff rooms.

You need separate TV Licences for

Residential accommodation

e.g. Rooms for doctors and nurses.

Welfare or social clubs

If these are on hospital premises and are run independently of the hospital.

Other businesses or organisations

If the premises are sublet by the hospital.

You don't need a TV Licence for
  • Watching on demand or catch up programmes on services other than BBC iPlayer
  • Watching S4C TV on demand or listening to radio on iPlayer
  • Streaming, renting or buying movies from providers like Sky, Virgin Media, BT TV, Netflix or Amazon
  • Watching DVDs, Blu-rays or videos
  • Playing internet video clips through services like YouTube or to play video games
  • CCTV.

Tell us you don't need a TV Licence

If you still have questions take a look at TV Licensing FAQs where you can find all the answers in one place.

*Calls to our 0300 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number, whether from a mobile or landline. If you get inclusive minutes with your mobile, calls to an 0300 number will be included.

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