Students need licence to watch live TV

Students need licence to watch live TV

Students need licence to watch live TV

First published in News

STUDENTS in Worcestersihre may be unaware of the law for watching live TV online, according to research commissioned by TV Licensing.

Nationally, more than a quarter – 28 per cent – of new students wrongly believe that they do not need a TV Licence when watching or streaming live TV on their laptop.

The new findings also reveal that almost a third of students – 31 per cent – think they do not need a TV Licence when streaming or watching live TV on a mobile device.

Students who watch live programmes as they are being shown on TV, without a TV Licence, risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

Mark Whitehouse, the TV Licensing spokesman for the West Midlands, said: “Our new research shows how important it is for students to understand the law when it comes to watching live TV.

"We’re working with universities around the UK to ensure students who want to watch live TV can do so legally and with the peace of mind that they are on the right side of the law.”

A TV Licence, costing £145.50, can be bought online at tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or by calling 0300 7906113.

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10:15am Fri 26 Oct 12

Rudimentary says...

Ah it's that time of the year again where the tvla try & scare students into buying tv licenses.

Generally, everyone equipped to watch TV as it is being broadcast are required to be in possession of a valid TV licence.

This does not necessarily apply to students using laptops or mobile devices to view content.

The TV Licensing Agency themselves advise that you do NOT need to hold a TV licence in your own name provided all of the following apply:

You only use TV receiving equipment that is powered by its internal batteries;

and

You have not installed it (e.g. connected it to an aerial or plugged it into the mains) to receive TV;

and

Your permanent address (non term-time) is your parents' home;

and

Your parents have a valid TV Licence for their home.

If you don’t watch or record live television programmes, or you only stream TV programmes online after they’ve been broadcast – through on-demand services like YouTube, BBC iPlayer and 4oD – you don’t need to be covered by a TV Licence.

Confirmation of which can be found at http://www.tvlicensi
ng.co.uk/check-if-yo
u-need-one/for-your-
home/students-aud1/
Ah it's that time of the year again where the tvla try & scare students into buying tv licenses. Generally, everyone equipped to watch TV as it is being broadcast are required to be in possession of a valid TV licence. This does not necessarily apply to students using laptops or mobile devices to view content. The TV Licensing Agency themselves advise that you do NOT need to hold a TV licence in your own name provided all of the following apply: You only use TV receiving equipment that is powered by its internal batteries; and You have not installed it (e.g. connected it to an aerial or plugged it into the mains) to receive TV; and Your permanent address (non term-time) is your parents' home; and Your parents have a valid TV Licence for their home. If you don’t watch or record live television programmes, or you only stream TV programmes online after they’ve been broadcast – through on-demand services like YouTube, BBC iPlayer and 4oD – you don’t need to be covered by a TV Licence. Confirmation of which can be found at http://www.tvlicensi ng.co.uk/check-if-yo u-need-one/for-your- home/students-aud1/ Rudimentary
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11:53am Sat 27 Oct 12

Jabbadad says...

Same old warnings for students to buy licences that were around when my son went to Uni some 12 years ago.
Same old warnings for students to buy licences that were around when my son went to Uni some 12 years ago. Jabbadad
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