World Cup warning issued over TV licences

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.

Thursday, 21st June 2018, 11:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 12:09 pm
World Cup warning issued over TV licences

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.

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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.