More than 27,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 were caught watching live TV without a TV Licence in the past year, according to new figures released today by TV Licensing. This includes 82 young adults in Ipswich.
With 90 per cent of first year students under the age of 25 Higher Education Statistics Limited 2014 – distribution of first year degree students 2012/2013, TV Licensing is reminding freshers they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live TV, on any device, without a TV Licence.
Recent research by TV Licensing shows one-in-ten undergraduates believe they won’t get caught watching live TV without a licence, while 24 per cent think they can’t be caught watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device.
Martin Dyan, spokesperson for TV Licensing in London and the South East, said:
“On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices. Watching live TV on any device is illegal, without a TV Licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.
“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a TV Licence, get in touch. We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks. Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy TV legally.”
A licence is needed to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Students living in Ipswich who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or by calling 0300 790 6113.
Figures relate to people caught between September 2013 and August 2014 and are accurate at the time of reporting.
Research was conducted by Harris Interactive among 220 students spread across universities in the UK in May 2014.
A colour TV Licence currently costs £145.50, and a black and white licence is £49. The licence fee is frozen at its 2012 level of £145.50 until March 2017, three months after the current charter period.