I do not need a TV licence!
I never watch TV live or catchup, only the occasional exceptional programs that find there way onto YouTube; therefore I do not need a TV license....
It's simple: if you watch live TV (at the time it's being broadcast on a TV channel), you must have a TV licence. Don't pay, and you face a £1,000 fine.
But for some, you may be paying unnecessarily...
If you watch or record shows as they're being broadcast on telly in the UK ("live TV"), you need to be covered by a TV licence. This includes TV on computers, mobile phones, DVD/video recorders and other devices.
You can buy or renew your TV licence online on the TV Licensing website.
You do not need a TV licence if you only watch content after it's been shown on television. This includes TV programmes downloaded or streamed after broadcast using a catch-up service.
So, if you have a TV and the tuner is disabled, but only use it to watch DVDs, for gaming or for watching catch-up TV (eg, BBC iPlayer, 4oD), then you don't need a licence.
ONLY WATCH CATCH-UP? CANCEL YOUR LICENCE
If you watch all your favourite programmes using catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer or 4oD, then it may be possible to legally ditch your TV licence completely, thus saving £145.50 per year. This is because:
You only need a TV licence if you watch or record TV as it's being broadcast - only watch catch-up and you won't need a licence.
Once you do cancel your TV licence, Capita TV Licensing WILL visit your home unannounced and without an appointment to check that no licence is required. TV Licencing said that on these inspections, it has found that almost one in eight households do still need a TV licence.
If during the visit TV Licensing find that you do in fact need a licence, you'll need to pay the full licence fee, and you could risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.