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TV Licence

If you watch or record television programmes as these are being broadcasted on TV in the United Kingdom, you must - by law - be covered by a TV licence, no matter what device you are using (including computers, laptops, mobile phones or DVD/video recorders). It is important for expatriates to understand that they need to be covered by a TV licence not only if they watch "conventional" TV:
 
  • a TV licence is needed also if you watch TV over the internet at the same time as it is broadcasted on TV in the UK;

  • a TV licence is needed also if you record TV as it is broadcasted on TV in the UK;

  • a TV licence is needed also if you watch TV on your mobile phone at the same time as it is broadcasted on TV in the UK (whether you are at home or out and about)
 
The above will sound "foreign" to a number of expatriates planning to move to the UK. As a matter of fact in many countries you do not need to buy a TV licence to watch a program broadcasted on TV.
 
At the date of publishing this page, £145.50 will buy you a yearly TV licence for colour TV and £49.00 will buy you a yearly TV licence for black and white TV.
 
The TV licence can be bought online. Expatriates can just visit the website of TV Licensing  and follow "Pay for your TV Licence".
 
There are special TV licence cases that merit to be mentioned:
 
  • Students: if you live in a hall of residence, communal TVs are normally already licenced.  However, your own room will need to be covered by a TV licence (if you watch or record broadcasted TV in it).

  • Joint Tenants: if you live in a shared house you will normally need only one TV licence (unless your own accomodation is self contained). If you have a separate tenancy agreement for your room, you will need a separate TV licence.

  • Aged 75 or over: if you are aged 75 or over, you will be entitled to apply for a free TV licence.

  • Sight Impaired:  if you are sight impaired you will be entitled to apply for a 50% discounted TV licence.

For further detailed information on TV licence, expatriates can visit the website of TV Licensing.  

 

 

 
 
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This page was last updated on 19/03/2011

 

 
 
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