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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.

What’s covered

A single TV Licence covers all of the following in a single property:

  • TV sets
  • computers
  • laptops
  • tablets
  • 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.

You can get a discounted licence if you have a severe vision impairment.

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.