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UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
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UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
Can't find anywhere on the internet whether YouTube streams of Live TV require a TV License here in the UK, can't even find it out from the TV Licensing website... it's all too open to interpretation. Clear answers on everything else.

Does anyone know?
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
(September 27, 2016 at 4:39 am)Alasdair Ham Wrote: Can't find anywhere on the internet whether YouTube streams of Live TV require a TV License here in the UK, can't even find it out from the TV Licensing website... it's all too open to interpretation. Clear answers on everything else.

Does anyone know?

A UK TV license is only required for TV's, computers that have a TV card installed and can therefore pick up broadcasts or if you use iplayer. It says on the TV licensing scaremongering crap they send round saying that investigations are in their final stage blah blah blah.

I use youtube and watch netflix, don't have a TV or TV card and don't need a UK TV license. I don't see the point of one. Considering what you can get online, it's now hideously expensive for what it gives you.
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
Unless you have actual dedicated equipment for TV reception, I don't believe they can do anything to you. An inspector guy came round the other day and since I have no TV, I let him in, so he could sniff around. I assured him, when asked, that none of my computers have a TV card (which they don't, although I doubt he would be able to check, if I was lying, unless I had TV running while he was there) and he f*cked off, hopefully not to come back for a while.

If an inspector actually caught you watching some British TV streamed online, on iPlayer, or over YouTube - they probably would insist, that you need a licence, but other than that unlikely scenario - I doubt they have the right to do anything, like check your internet history, or whatever. I think their whole strategy is to scare gullible people into buying the licence, just to be safe. Or to bust dumb wankers, who have huge plasma screens in their living rooms.
"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." - George Bernard Shaw
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
It's generally best not to let them in your flat or house even if you are legit. That is unless you know for sure that they are a genuine inspector and not someone pretending to be an one and checking out your place to see if there is anything worth stealing.
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
Thanks for the info guys. It's much appreciated.

In other news: now to remove these stupid quotes from my sig and stop trying so hard to be positive about everything.
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
I have a TV, but it's not used for television reception and so not connected to any kind of antenna, digibox etc. I have no satellite subscription or anything anymore anyway. Everything I want to watch I get via YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, DVD etc. I officially haven't needed a licence for years and am still waiting for the random visit I'm meant to get.

As long as you aren't watching live TV broadcasts, on equipment able to receive them, you're clean.
At the age of five, Skagra decided emphatically that God did not exist.  This revelation tends to make most people in the universe who have it react in one of two ways - with relief or with despair.  Only Skagra responded to it by thinking, 'Wait a second.  That means there's a situation vacant.'
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RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
Yeah, streams on YouTube do not require a TV license as far as I'm aware. If you watch iPlayer, you "need" a license, but honestly, they won't know if you watch without one.

There's a popular misconception that if you own a TV you need a TV license. Nope. You only need one if you use the TV to receive TV signals from the BBC. You can own a TV and use it simply to play DVDs or video games, and you won't have to pay for a license.
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#8
RE: UK TV Licensing and Live YouTube
This is still a thing in the UK?
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