This loophole lets you watch TV shows without paying the licence fee
Whatever you may think of the BBC politically, there's no denying that they provide a pretty comprehensive service.
According to the BBC Trust, "The BBC offers twenty-five public services in the UK. There are eight television channels, sixteen radio stations and an online/red button interactive service."
That's nothing to sneeze at, but at a flat fee of £145.50 a year, not everyone is thrilled with the licence fee that accompanies these services. There is a way around it, but it's not easy.
The most obvious way to avoid paying the licence fee is to never watch any television ever, but then you'd be entering into something of a cultural black hole, and that's not a place you want to be.
However, the Mirror recently pointed out this exception to the licensing rules: with the exception of BBC iPlayer, if you're not recording or watching live TV, you don't need a TV licence.
That means if all you watch is non-BBC catch-up TV (including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) internet video content from places like YouTube, on-demand movies from providers like Sky Movies, or DVDs/programmes and movies bought through the internet, then you don't need a TV licence.
Be warned, though. This sounds good in principle, but as a TV Licensing spokesperson told the Mirror, "Fewer than 2% of households only watch catch-up TV, so don't need a licence."
You can be slapped with a £1,000 fine if you're caught watching TV without a licence, so it's up to you to decide if you can prove that you're part of that 2%.
Feature: TV Licensing / Daily Invention
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