Monday, December 23, 2013

Who needs a TV Licence and who qualifies for a discount?

You need a TV Licence if you wish to watch or record television programmes in the UK as they're being shown on TV. The cost of a Licence is lower if you're registered blind or free if you're aged 75 or over.

You need a TV Licence if:

  • You are watching programmes on television.
  • You are using an internet service such as IPlayer to watch programmes at the same time as they are being broadcast on television.
  • You are using a DVD/VHS recorder or other recording device to record television programmes to watch later. 

You don't need a TV Licence if:

  • You have a digital box that has been set up only for sound - i.e. it can't display TV pictures.
  • You only use online services to watch programmes AFTER they have been shown on TV (usually called catch-up TV).

People who are registered as blind or severely sight impaired can get a 50% discount on their Television Licence. This applies even if there are other people living in the house who also watch the television (though the Licence has to be in the name of the person who is registered blind or severely sight impaired).

The discounted rate is £72.75 per year if you have a colour TV or £24.50 per year if you only have a black and white TV.

To get your discount, you will need to complete an online form (or call TV Licensing to ask for a paper form) and send TV Licensing a photocopy of a certificate from either your local authority or your opthamologist stating that you're blind or severely sight impaired. 

The discount is not available for people who are partially sighted or sight impaired.

In most parts of the UK, people aged 75 and over are entitled to a free TV Licence - you can find out more on the TV Licensing website.

Call TV Licensing: 0300 790 6130

General information about TV Licensing is also available in several languages including:

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