A TV Licence covers you to:
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/Blu-ray/VHS recorder.
If you don’t have a TV Licence, here’s some more information to help you Check if you need one.
For a main home or business
It covers the use and installation of TV receiving equipment at the premises specified on the licence.
For a vehicle, boat or touring caravan used as your second home
For a static caravan, mobile home or moveable chalet used as your second home
You’re covered by your main home’s TV Licence, as long as you or your family don’t watch, record or download programmes in both premises at the same time.
At any location
Any device powered solely by its own internal batteries (i.e. it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains).
Parts of your premises which are separate from the main premises. This may include areas occupied by tenants, lodgers or paying guests. It may also include self-contained units on the premises.
A black and white TV Licence is only valid if you use a digital box that can’t record TV programmes. This is because all recording equipment records in colour. Even if you have a black and white TV or monitor, a black and white licence will not cover you to download BBC programmes on iPlayer or record any live TV. You will need a colour licence for this. This applies to any device you use.
Find out more about watching on BBC iPlayer.
The licence fee must be paid either in full or according to a payment plan agreed with TV Licensing. Find out how long a licence lasts.
Your licence is issued on behalf of the BBC as the licensing authority under the Communications Act 2003.