From Netflix and Amazon Prime to Apple TV+, Disney Plus and Now TV, a multitude of streaming providers are increasingly demanding our attention.
According to OfcomThe coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our viewing habits, with over 12 million people signing up for the streaming service in a never-before-seen response to the lockdown.
Meanwhile the average person now estimates to watch 71 minutes of TV online per day.
One potential area of confusion arising from the modern deluge of choice is whether you still need to purchase a TV license to watch these services if you’re already paying individual monthly subscription fees to each.
answer, according to TV LicensingNo, you don’t need a license to watch movies and shows from those services, but you do if you want to watch any live broadcasts from terrestrial providers like BBC, ITV and Channel 4, or any content from BBC iPlayer , whose programs are fully taxpayer-funded and not supported by commercial advertising.
The licensing body has a full say on this issue.
“If you watch TV programs live on any online TV service, including Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, ITV Hub or All 4, you need to be covered by the TV license.
“You do not need a TV license if you only use online services to watch on-demand or to catch programmes, except if you are watching BBC programs on BBC iPlayer.
“Remember, if you watch or record TV programs live on any channel or TV service, or download or watch any BBC programs on BBC iPlayer, you need to be covered by the TV license.”
UK license Currently costs £159 per year, which is slightly more expensive than the cost of signing up for the larger streaming sites.
A standard Netflix or Now TV subscription will Your cost is currently £9.99 per month (or £119.88 per year), Prime and Disney Plus subscriptions cost £7.99 per month (or £95.88 per year) and Apple TV+ costs £4.99 per month (a comparatively cheap £59.88 a year – and that’s 12 months). if you recently purchased an eligible Apple device).
However, that license means you can legally watch all of the BBC’s iPlayer content, along with all live TV output broadcast in the UK, which proved an invaluable resource during the lockdown when the corporation gave us such hit shows. Bring it normal people And i can destroy you, Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympic Games plus its 24-hour news coverage and a wealth of documentaries, comedy programs and classic Hollywood films, old and new.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /