TV Licensing chiefs used the World Cup to remind residents in Blackpool they could be penalised if they watch matches without a licence – even if it’s not on TV.
Fans watching the sporting action on television or online – at home or on the go via a device such as tablet, PC, games console or mobile phone – need a valid licence or risk being fined up to £1,000.
A licence is also needed to watch on ‘catch up’ apps such as the BBC iPlayer.
Spokesman Matthew Thompson said: “Whether you’re a seasoned England fan, experienced in the disappointments of being knocked out, or optimistic that a team of young hopefuls can finally deliver success, the competition is sure to bring some surprises.
What is certain is that if you’re watching games live on TV, live online, via a device such as a tablet, PC, games console or mobile phone, then you’ll need a TV licence.
You’ll also need a licence to watch any highlights on iPlayer.”
Workplaces also need a licence if staff are watching games on plugged-in devices.