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You must have a TV Licence if you watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast.
A TV Licence costs £145.50 (£49 for black and white TV sets) for both homes and businesses.
From 1 September 2016, you’ll need a TV Licence to download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer. If you already have a licence you’ll be covered.
A single TV Licence covers all of the following in a single property:
- TV sets
- mobile phones
- any other device that can receive a TV signal
You don’t need a TV Licence to use online catch-up services, watch videos or DVDs, watch clips on websites like YouTube, or use TV equipment for closed circuit television (CCTV).
Find out if you need a TV Licence on the TV Licensing website.
Free and discounted TV licences
You can get a free licence if you’re 75 or older.
If you live in a residential care home, the person who is in charge of the home can apply for a licence for you.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you watch or record live TV without a TV Licence.