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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
- download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand
A TV Licence costs £145.50 (£49 for black and white TV sets) for both homes and businesses.
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 need a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV on BBC iPlayer.
You don’t need a TV Licence to watch:
- non-BBC programmes on online catch-up services
- videos or DVDs
- clips on websites like YouTube
- 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.