Do I Need a TV Licence?

For Your Home:

You need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV. This includes watching TVPlayer's live channels on devices such as a TV, computer, mobile phone, tablet, games console or digital box.

For Students:

You DON’T NEED a TV licence if:

You only use a device that's powered solely by its own internal batteries; you will be covered by your parents' TV Licence. However, you must not install the device (e.g. plug it into the mains) when using it to receive TV. 

 For Everyone Else:

You need a TV Licence if...

You watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - online, on a TV, or on any device (even a laptop)

This is the case whatever device you use – whether a laptop, PC, mobile phone, games console, digital box, VHS/DVD recorder or anything else. It also includes programmes you watch online at the same time as they’re being shown on TV, for example live sport. (However, if your mobile device isn’t plugged in, you’ll still be covered by your parents’ licence.)

And you live in halls of residence

Your hall probably has a licence covering communal areas but you’ll also need to be covered for your room.

This information is up to date as of 01/09/2016.

For further information, please visit the TV Licensing website at

Please Note: TVPlayer is not responsible for confirming whether a user has a valid TV licence . It is each users responsibility to comply with the laws on TV Licensing. The information in this article is subject to change without notice and has been reproduced from the website. 

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