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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Do You Need a TV Licence for Watching Porn Online?

Have you ever wondered if a TV licence is needed to watch porn online?

According to one of TV Licensing's most dishonest threatograms you need a licence for whatever you're watching and however you're watching it, but does that include watching "educational" material on adult websites?

Apparently our reader Rob, along with other members of the TV Licence Resistance forums, has been pondering that very question. It's been a hot topic of discussion for some time, so Rob decided to contact TV Licensing for the official line.

Rob's email to TV Licensing:

Dear TV Licensing,

I was wondering if you could help me with a query, which I can't seem to find the answer to on your website. As I understand it a TV licence is needed to watch "live" TV programmes streamed across the web. Would this include a TV programme with only a few viewers? I am a big fan of an adult webcam chat site. The girls I speak to are only speaking to me, but they are broadcasting their voices and images live across the web. Would that count as a TV programme that needed a TV licence?

Since I started using this website my eyesight has deteriorated quite a lot. I now need to push my head right up close to the screen in order to see what's happening. Can you please let me know if I'd be eligible for a discounted TV licence?

Thanks in anticipation of your advice.



TV Licensing's response:

DL98 1TL

Tel: 0300 790 6030
Email: customer-relations@tvlicensing.co.uk
Our Ref: COM1-453229159

Dear Rob,

Thank you for your recent email, which has been recorded under your complaint reference COM1-453229159. Please use this number if you wish to contact us again.

As what you’re watching is classed as a group chat and not a television broadcast you wouldn’t need a TV Licence to watch this.

To enable us to apply the 50% concession we do require a copy of one of the following:

1. A certificate or other document issued by or on behalf of a local authority in Great Britain showing the applicant is registered blind;

2. A certificate or other document issued by or on behalf of the DHSS in the Isle of Man showing the applicant is registered blind; or

3. A certificate issued by a Health and Social Services Trust in Northern Ireland; or

4. A certificate signed by an ophthalmologist (CVI or BD8 (1990).

When sending in the documentation please don’t send us the originals, we only require a copy.

Once it has been received, we’ll be able to process your application accordingly.

I hope this answers your query and thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Damian Duckworth
Customer Relations


Anonymous said...

I hav e a TV license but am getting Threatograms. Can I seek an expatre injunction against TVL to make them cease and desist?

Anonymous said...


Götter Dämmerung said...

Lol I brought this question up almost verbatim as a bit of fun in one of the more popular resistance forums shortly before leaving it.

The statement "Whatever you watch, however you watch it you need a TV Licence" illustrates perfectly the lies and misinformation being pumped out to a trusting public by TV Licensing and how their wordsmiths are willing to bend the truth in order to get £145.50 blood money out of you.

I've yet to hear of a case of someone buying a TV Licence and TVL calling just to check that they actually need it and offering to refund them if they have bought it by mistake.

Ray Turner said...

The trouble with the "Whatever you watch, however you watch it you need a TV Licence" mantra, is that a large proportion of the UK population are gullible enough to take it literally...

Admin said...

Totally agree Ray. TV Licensing's best "customers" (read as "victims") are the hard of thinking.