Research commissioned by TV Licensing has found that students may be unaware of the laws they may be breaking with the streaming of live television on laptops and mobile devices. With almost half a million students heading off to University in the UK for the first time this year it is believed that 28% of these will wrongly believe that they do not need a license to stream live television on their laptop, whilst some 38% believe that they do not need a license to stream live shows on their mobile devices.
Victoria Sykes, TV Licensing spokesperson for London and the South East said: “Our new research shows how important it is for students to understand the law when it comes to watching live TV. We’re working with universities around the UK, including the University of Bedfordshire to ensure students who want to watch live TV can do so legally and with the peace of mind they are on the right side of the law. A TV Licence, at £145.50, can be bought online in minutes,” she added: “In addition, students who buy a TV Licence at the start of the academic year could benefit from a refund if moving home for three full months over the summer” she added.
Nik Taylor, editor of student community website The Student Room, said: “TV Licensing and The Student Room are keen to help students watch the TV they want, legally and anyone with questions about their TV Licence can get a clear, simple answer on the TV Licensing website. Students put off by the cost of paying in full can always opt to pay in instalments.”
However the statements made above do not explain the full story.
A spokesperson from TVCatchup explained: