What happens if I don't pay for a TV Licence (or have a free one)?

You could face a £1,000* fine if we find that you have been watching, recording or downloading programmes illegally.

Not covered by a TV Licence? You are breaking the law if you:

  • watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel
  • watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.)
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer.

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

*The maximum fine is £2,000 in Guernsey. Plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay.

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