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TV Licensing FAQs – Live TV iPlayer And Streaming Explained

When you move home, or after a certain period, your TV license will probably need to be renewed – costing usually about 140 pounds. There are a fair few questions that get asked frequently about the terms and conditions around TV licensing, so we’ve provided some simple answers here for anyone feeling like it’s all a bit confusing.

What You Need A TV License To Do

The main thing about a TV license is it concerns Live TV and BBC iPlayer – both watching and recording. So if you’re doing anything in your home that involves both of these, whether it’s on a TV, games console or set-top box, you’ll need a license.

It’s important to remember that this isn’t just on the BBC, it’s on every channel, even Freeview or channels supported by advertising – no matter what, if it’s live you need a license.

It also applies to watching TV broadcast from another country outside the UK

Where TV Licensing Gets More Tricky

If you stream your TV programs on-demand, play prerecorded content such as downloaded TV shows or DVDs that you’ve paid for, or just watch stuff on YouTube, it may be that you don’t need a TV license.

This is because your content is pre-paid, or free, and isn’t broadcast via TV infrastructure. On Netflix, for example, the BBC provides their content for a fee – so unlike TV Licensing FAQs Live TV iPlayer And Streaming Explained Image 2 you won’t need a license. As a general rule of thumb, always remember that iPlayer is a ‘bonus’ for license fee payers.

Services which don’t require a license include Netflix, All 4, Sky Go, Virgin Media, Now TV, BT TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and ITV Hub.

Playing By The Rules

If you declare you don’t need a license perhaps because you use only streaming services, TV Licensing may decide to visit to check up your home. When they do this they will most likely search for an aerial connection using a special device which detects TV signals.

Their people on the ground aren’t looking to incriminate you, they’re often just doing their jobs like any other contractor and will be chatty and keen to get their job done quickly.

You’re more likely to arouse suspicion if you act like you have something to hide – and don’t worry if your place is a mess, they’ve almost definitely seen worse in their time.

If you’re still unsure about your license, follow the link here to find out more.