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What is a BBC Licence?

You may sometimes hear the TV Licence referred to as a BBC Licence - however, there is no such thing as a BBC Licence, or BBC Licence Fee. Parliament created the licence fee and made the BBC responsible for collecting it.
 
The BBC’s services, including TV, radio and online, are primarily funded by the TV Licence, supplemented by income from its commercial subsidiaries.
 
But a TV Licence covers much more than BBC TV channels.

If you watch or record TV live on any channel, stream programmes live on an online TV service, or download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer, you'll need a licence. This applies to any device you use.


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