Currently, in the UK, you require a TV licence to watch live TV.
Even if you record live TV to watch later.
However, if you want “on demand” and catch up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, then you currently do not require a license.
But this loophole is about to be closed.

With more and more people starting to watching Catch Up TV, and not live TV, then there is a problem where they do not require a TV licence.
The Government and the BBC wants to close a loophole which lets ‘freeloaders’ watch as many BBC shows on its iPlayer catch-up service as they like without playing. BBC bosses say the loophole costs them £150million a year.
But recently the Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, said the licence fee would be extended so it no longer just applied to live television viewers.
Mr Whittingdale said: “When the licence fee was invented, video on demand did not exist.
“And while the definition of television in the legislation covers live streaming, it does not require viewers to have a licence if they watch BBC programmes through the iPlayer even if it is just a few minutes after transmission.
“The BBC works on the basis that all who watch it pay for it.
“Giving a free ride to those who enjoy Sherlock or Bake Off an hour, a day or a week after they are broadcast was never intended and is wrong.”
No details as to how this will be achieved, but it is thought that you may have to enter your TV Licence number into the portal before you are granted access to BBC iPlayer via a tablet, laptop, or mobile device.
Could this be the first stage to remove the TV Licence fee, moving the BBC to an ad based or subscription based service.?

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