Do I need a TV license? What you can legally watch without paying BBC fees | Personal finance | Finance

A TV license costs £159 a year, but not everyone needs it and others might qualify for a discount depending on their circumstances. Four groups of people could save money by canceling their BBC license and requesting a refund.

A TV Licensing spokesperson said there are instances where a TV license is not required.

They said: “You don’t need a TV license if you only use Netflix or other online TV services to watch on demand or catch up programs, unless you are watching programs from the BBC on BBC iPlayer.”

“If you only watch on-demand programs on Netflix and do not watch live TV on a TV or streaming service, and do not watch BBC iPlayer, you can cancel your TV license if you do not ‘t need it any more before it expires.”

Pensioners are also entitled to a free TV license if they are over 75 and apply for a pension credit.

A report from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) found that £1.7billion in pension credit went unclaimed in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

Some 850,000 families could miss out on pension credit worth an average of £1,900 a year.

Even though state pensioners are only entitled to a few pounds, it’s still worth claiming as it can open the door to other benefits.

To check eligibility, people should go to GOV.UK or contact their local benefits office.

Can I get my TV license refunded?

On the TV Licensing website it says: “Please check that you will no longer need your license before it expires.

“This means you will never watch live TV on any channel or service, or use BBC iPlayer.

“If we approve your refund, your license will automatically be cancelled.”

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