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General Chat Thread, TV Licence in General; Our group TV licence is up for renewal but we don't have any TVs. Likewise, we don't stream live iPlayer ...
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    Our group TV licence is up for renewal but we don't have any TVs. Likewise, we don't stream live iPlayer at this time. Is there any situation where we would need the TV licence if we use iPlayer?

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    This is the official statement on the TV Licensing website:

    Will I need a TV Licence to watch programmes on BBC iPlayer?

    If you use the BBC iPlayer to watch TV programmes at the same time as they are being shown on TV (live) then you will need to be covered by a valid TV Licence. You can buy a TV Licence online.

    If you use the BBC iPlayer to watch BBC programmes after they have been broadcast either to download or via streaming on demand then you will not need a TV Licence.
    TV Licensing - FAQ

    So, I'm presuming the answer is no, you won't need a TV License if you are not using iPlayer to watch live TV.

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    You only require a TV licence to watch live TV broadcasts. This includes the BBC iplayer. I have no TV licence (I've declared this on the license website) I watch topgear, QI and Have I got news for you all after they were broadcast live.

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    Do you have any 'recorded from live TV' videos? ie. where, say, 'Coast' has been recorded and is shown to classes from a video?

    If so, you need a TV License to keep the copyright on those videos in tact. If you don't get a TV license, then you must dispose of those videos.

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    You should be ok as long as you have BBC iplayer blocked in the internet filters. Would be really bad if they ask to see your logs and someone had been watching live BBC broadcasts.

    Can you block iplayer live streams without blocking the ok content?

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    Pro-tip: If you watch live TV on a device powered by its own internal battery and NOT connected to an external aerial or mains supply, you do not need a TV license to watch live TV. This was originally for those little hand-held TVs you could buy, but the law applies to laptops and tablets as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sdrawkcab View Post
    Pro-tip: If you watch live TV on a device powered by its own internal battery and NOT connected to an external aerial or mains supply, you do not need a TV license to watch live TV. This was originally for those little hand-held TVs you could buy, but the law applies to laptops and tablets as well.
    Not quite. Those devices are covered by the license of the person using them - eg. if you have a portable TV and you go out and about, you're covered wherever you go, but you still need a license in the first place. TV Licensing - Technology - devices and online

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Not quite. Those devices are covered by the license of the person using them - eg. if you have a portable TV and you go out and about, you're covered wherever you go, but you still need a license in the first place. TV Licensing - Technology - devices and online

    I remember that from my caravanning days. In view of the replies, especially the one regarding videos, I'll recommend we get a licence. Thanks everyone.

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    We very rarely if ever watch live TV here but for the sake of a price of a TV licence it was felt just to buy one anyway just to cover us for those 'what if' moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    We very rarely if ever watch live TV here but for the sake of a price of a TV licence it was felt just to buy one anyway just to cover us for those 'what if' moments.
    Same here. It just makes life easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylv3r View Post
    We very rarely if ever watch live TV here but for the sake of a price of a TV licence it was felt just to buy one anyway just to cover us for those 'what if' moments.
    That's what I've recommended to the Bursar. Thanks again

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