Do I need a TV licence to watch non BBC on my set top box which were recorded before I cancelled it

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Do I need a TV licence to watch non BBC recordings on my set top box which were recorded when I had a licence which I have subsequently cancelled. Thanks!


  • tacpot12tacpot12 Forumite
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    You don't need a TV Licence. This is from the TVLicensing FAQs: 

    "You don’t need a TV Licence if you never watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel, or live on an online TV service, and you never download or watch BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand."

    You would have needed a TV License to watch or record the programs that you recorded, but you had this, and you only need a TV Licence to watch BBC programs at a later date.  They programs you have recorded are not BBC programs so no TV licence is needed. 
    The comments I post are my personal opinion. While I try to check everything is correct before posting, I can and do make mistakes, so always try to check official information sources before relying on my posts.
  • edited 22 December 2021 at 12:23AM
    CornucopiaCornucopia Forumite
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    edited 22 December 2021 at 12:23AM
    You don't need a Licence to watch programs previously recorded off-air.   Full stop.   

    This applies to both commercial content and BBC.  

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