if you only watch tv on the internet, do you need a tv licence?

how does this work with all the world who watch on the net and do not have a licence? it does not seem fair to me.

3 comments on “if you only watch tv on the internet, do you need a tv licence?

  1. I do believe that they do state that if you have any equipment that can receive any TV or radio signal then you need to have a licence, but it also includes DVD players and Video Recorders for some reason. So i would conclude that yes you would need a TV licence to watch TV on your PC.

  2. http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/information/index.jsp
    "You need a TV Licence to use any television receiving equipment such as a TV set, digital box, DVD or video recorder, PC, laptop or mobile phone to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV.
    If you use a digital box with a hi-fi system or another device that can only be used to produce sounds and can't display TV programmes, and you don't install or use any other TV receiving equipment, you don't need a TV Licence."

    Not entirely clear for this situation, however a little more digging turns up:

    "Will I need a TV Licence to watch programmes on other internet television services like those offered by Channel 4 or ITV?

    If you are watching programmes as they are being shown on TV from other services, for example Channel 4 or ITV, then you will need to be covered by a valid TV Licence. If you are watching these services at home you will be covered by your existing TV Licence. "

    and

    "Do I need a TV Licence if I only watch programmes online?

    It makes no difference how you watch TV – whether it's on your laptop, PC or mobile phone or through a digital box, DVD recorder or TV set – if you use any device to receive television programmes as they're being shown on TV, the law requires you to be covered by a TV Licence.

    You will not need a TV Licence to view video clips on the internet, as long as what you are viewing is not being shown on TV at the same time as you are viewing it."

    Hope that is clear enough 😎

  3. I don't think it is, this law needs clarification badly. They only refer to watching TV on the Internet at the same time as it is being shown on broadcast TV (Simultaneous broadcasting). In most cases now-a-days, whole programs are downloaded regardless of whether they are currently being shown or not.

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