Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Online access does not require the license fee, and you can obviously own a TV and not pay it, either.
It's for viewing or recording live content only.
Sorry Tallest Skill I hate to contradict you but you do need a license for live online access although iPlayer as a catch-up service is exempt from licensing - to quote directly from the licensing website -
"With today’s technology, you can watch TV on more devices than ever, whenever it suits you best. This means a TV Licence doesn’t just cover you to watch TV at home on a TV set. You can also watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV, through all of these devices:
- Computers, including laptops and tablets
- Mobile phones
- Games consoles
- Digital boxes, e.g. Freeview, Sky, Virgin, BT Vision
- DVD/VHS/Blu-ray recorders.
As long as the address where you live is licensed, you’re also covered to watch TV outside your home using any device powered solely by its own internal batteries. This includes your mobile phone, laptop and tablet.
Exception: If you only watch catch-up services online, then you don’t need a licence. For example, you don’t need one to use BBC iPlayer, or ITV player, to catch up on programmes after they have been shown on TV.
This makes it even more of a shoe-in to include this functionality on ATV.
'You can obviously own a TV and not pay for it, either'
Again from the licensing website -
It’s against the law to watch or record TV programmes as they're being shown on TV without a valid licence. This includes the use of devices such as a TV, computer, mobile phone, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
Watching TV without a valid licence is a criminal offence. This can lead to prosecution, a court appearance and a fine of up to £1,000 (not including legal costs). The exceptions are in Guernsey where the maximum fine is £2,000 and Jersey it is £500.
It costs £145.50 for a colour and £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.
We have various ways of checking if you’re covered by a valid licence or not.
||We have a database of approximately 31 million licensed and unlicensed addresses. This tells us if your address has a TV Licence.
All our enforcement officers have access to this database. This means they can check if you have a valid licence or not.
If you inform us that you do not watch television, enforcement officers may still visit you to confirm this.
|Hand-held detection devices
||Enforcement officers may use a hand-held detection device to measure both the direction and the strength of a TV signal. This makes it easy for us to locate TV receiving equipment in even the hardest-to-reach places.
We also have a fleet of detector vans that can detect the use of TV receiving equipment at specifically targeted addresses within 20 seconds.
I know this sounds like something from an Eastern Bloc country and I'm pretty sure that there is an element of exaggeration in their threats; but to be honest the quality of programmes that the Beeb produces and their online content is well worth this tax and I'm quite happy to pay it; so if there are folks who don't want to put their hands in their pockets I'm glad that there's a bit of enforcement to make them toe the line.