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    • aliC
    • By aliC 18th Apr 17, 8:03 PM
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    Relinquish TV licence - what's the deal?
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    • 18th Apr 17, 8:03 PM
    Relinquish TV licence - what's the deal? 18th Apr 17 at 8:03 PM
    Hi, I'm considering relinquishing my TV licence this year. I hardly watch TV at all, and if I do, it's often Netflix or Internet catch up TV.

    I want to make sure I'm on the right side of the law - I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about this.

    I have a TV in my lounge, which I'll keep, as I have an android box plugged in via HDMI - for youtube, etc...

    - What are the regs? I know I cannot watch any live streams, but does that apply to internet streams?

    - What about non-BBC/ITV channels like Dave?

    - And if an inspector comes and sees a TV, how do I prove I'm not breaking the rules?

    Thanks
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    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 19th Apr 17, 12:32 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:32 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:32 AM
    http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one

    What is live TV and when do I need a licence for it?

    Live TV
    means any programme you watch or record as it’s being shown on TV or live on any online TV service. It’s not just live events like sport, news and music. It covers all programmes on any channel, including soaps, series, documentaries and even movies.

    If you’re watching live TV, you need to be covered by a TV Licence:

    • if you’re watching on TV or on an online TV service
    • for all channels, not just the BBC
    • if you record a programme and watch it later
    • if you watch a programme on a delay
    • to watch or record repeats
    • to watch or record programmes on +1, +2 and +24 channels
    • to watch live programmes on Red Button services
    • even if you already pay for cable, satellite or other TV services


    An online TV service is any streaming or smart TV service, website or app that lets you watch live TV over the internet. This includes services like All 4, Sky Go, Virgin Media, Now TV, BT TV, Apple TV, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and ITV Hub.

    What about BBC iPlayer? You also need to be covered to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 19th Apr 17, 12:54 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:54 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 12:54 AM
    Remember the halcyon days when threads like this used to reach multiple pages?
    • aliC
    • By aliC 19th Apr 17, 8:47 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 8:47 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 8:47 AM
    I'm not sure how YouTube counts as liveTV, but very useful thanks mije1983.

    So if I'm not doing any live streaming, but have an android box plugged in via HDMI for netflix - how does this work if an inspector comes round?
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 19th Apr 17, 9:13 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:13 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:13 AM
    Is an Android box streaming live under the law??
    An online TV service is any streaming
    • aliC
    • By aliC 19th Apr 17, 9:19 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:19 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:19 AM
    It streams netflix
    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 19th Apr 17, 9:20 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:20 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 9:20 AM
    how does this work if an inspector comes round?
    Originally posted by aliC
    you don't let them in simple
    • wongataa
    • By wongataa 19th Apr 17, 10:41 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 10:41 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 10:41 AM
    It streams netflix
    Originally posted by aliC
    Netflix don't show live TV so you don't need a licence for that.
    • Kernel Sanders
    • By Kernel Sanders 20th Apr 17, 1:03 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 1:03 AM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 1:03 AM
    I'm not sure how YouTube counts as liveTV, but very useful thanks mije1983.
    Originally posted by aliC
    It must refer just to those TV recordings posted (illegally) on YouTube. Everything else is just videos from camcorders and phone cameras, so nothing to do with television. I don't have a TVL and will continue to watch YouTube with a clear conscience.
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