TV licence fees will be increased across the UK from £157.50 to £159 from April 1st.
The Government shifted the responsibility for TV licences over the BBC in 2015, which resulted in the broadcaster removing the free licence fee for over 75s.
At this time the BBC Chairman Sir David Clementi said it was currently untenable to continue funding the free licence as they cost the BBC around £745 Million in lost revenue.
Why do I legally need a TV Licence?
So if you plan on watching live TV or any BBC Programme you will need a TV licence, and the licence grants you legal permission to install or use a television receiving equipment to watch or record televisions programmes that are being shown on TV or on the BBC on demand service.
The fee is used to fund the BBC and they make it a legal requirement to hold a TV licence and to pay for it under the communications act 2003 and the communications (television licensing) Regulations 2004 where it is an offence to watch or record television programmes that are being shown on any channel and on any broadcast platform and download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer without a valid TV Licence.
Do I need a TV Licence if I only watch Netflix or Amazon Prime?
If you are watching online streaming services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime you don’t need a TV licence.
You also do not need a TV licence to watch catch-up TV services unless you are watching BBC iPlayer.
But you can watch ITV Hub, All 4, My4 as long as you are not watching live TV as these services are all paid for by advertising.