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The law around what you need a TV licence for changed on 1 September 2016.

You need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, or download or to watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.

This could be on any device, including:

  • TV
  • Desktop computer
  • Laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Tablet
  • Games console
  • Digital box
  • DVD / VHS recorder

If you watch TV on any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.

To find out more, go to


How can I buy a TV Licence?

There are lots of different ways to buy a TV Licence. Whether that’s through weekly cash payments, using your nearest PayPoint outlet, spreading the cost with monthly, quarterly or yearly direct debit, credit/debit card or by post – just choose the one that suits you best.

For more information on the ways to pay, go to

Could I get a concession?

Are you, or is someone you live with:

  • 75 years old or older? You are eligible to apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. To apply you can call 0300 790 6112, making sure you have your National Insurance number to hand or click here.
  • Blind and can provide the appropriate evidence? You are eligible to apply for a 50% blind concession on your TV Licence. Find out more here. 

What if I don’t need a licence?

If you don’t need a TV Licence, you still need to let TV Licensing know.


For all the information you need on the change in the law please go to the TV Licensing website.

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