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Do I need a TV Licence to watch or ‘stream’ programmes online?

Watching online

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or 'stream' programmes live on an online TV service - such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and Sky Go.

You don't need a TV Licence if you only ever watch on demand or catch up programmes on services other than BBC iPlayer - and never watch TV programmes live on any channel or TV service.

This applies to any device you use, including a TV.

Watching YouTube

You don’t need a TV Licence to watch videos or clips on demand on YouTube.

But you DO need a TV Licence if you watch TV programmes live on YouTube. An example of this would be watching Sky News live. But it isn’t just live news or sport which needs a licence – it’s any programme which is part of a TV channel, broadcast or transmitted for everyone to watch at the same time.

What is streaming?

Streaming is watching TV using the internet instead of downloading a file to your device and watching it later.


Other helpful information

Live TV and how you watch it

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