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TV Licensing - what you need to know

By eknowles 15 May 2019

In the UK you need a television (TV) licence to watch and record live TV. 

You must also have a TV license if you want to download or watch any BBC programmes on demand/catch up (whether you use the BBC iPlayer app directly or go through another provider, such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview or BT).

This applies to any device you use to access TV programmes, including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. 

In Halls, TVs provided in communal areas like common rooms and communal kitchens already have a TV licence in place, so you do not need to worry about these. However, if you are planning to watch and record live TV or access BBC programmes in your bedroom you will need your own TV licence.

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