Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I currently pay for TV licence and would like to switch to Netflix(£11.99 - about 50p less than a TV License). I use an Amazon fire stick to see BBC Iplayer now and then, which I will stop watching after I cancel the TV license.

I will only be watching shows provided with Amazon account and Netflix.

After a discussion, my friend mentioned that since my TV has a digital receiver I will be liable to pay for the TV license even though I won't be watching any live TV or recording anything.

Could you please tell me if that is the case.

Yours faithfully,

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Alok


Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was
received on 17.06.19.  We will deal with your request as promptly as
possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any
queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.


The reference number for your request is RFI20191037.


Kind regards,



Information Rights


BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP



Email: [2][BBC request email]




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Phil Maynard left an annotation ()

A television licence is the State's legal permission (yes, really) to install and/or use a television receiver to watch and/or record TV programmes at the same time (or thereabouts, so-called "live programmes") as they are being shown on TV and/or using the BBC iPlayer to watch any type of content (listening to radio channels does not need a licence). Decoding that jargon, it means if you only watch catch-up/on-demand programmes and never programmes at the time of transmission, and never use the iPlayer except to listen to radio programmes, then you don't need a licence.

The information above is available on the BBC's own TV Licensing Website:
and see particularly the FAQ "When don’t I need a TV Licence?" in the "Answers to your questions" section.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Alok,


Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20191037.


Yours sincerely,


Information Rights


BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP


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Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

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