TV Licensing launches information campaign for first-time students
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TV Licensing is working with UCAS to help new students and their parents understand the law around watching TV before moving into university halls or rented student accommodation. If you’re heading off to university in the next few weeks you should have received information on TV Licensing in your UCAS confirmation packs. It’s important to know that you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes live as they are being shown on TV, on any device. Anyone caught watching TV without a licence can face prosecution and a fine of up to a £1,000 – definitely not a good financial start to the year, and something you certainly want to avoid! Despite the financial risk just two out of five students ask their parents for advice about the TV Licence, according to new research by TV Licensing*. As 99% of students own a device capable of streaming live TV*, it’s crucial freshers understand the law so they’re covered to watch the TV they love for the academic year ahead. Getting a TV Licence is an important part of the ‘to do list’ before you leave home. Stephen Farmer, TV Licensing spokesperson, said: “Starting university for the first time can be both exciting and daunting. With so much to think about, TV Licensing is on hand to clearly explain when a TV Licence is needed.
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