Why I Don’t Pay For A TV Licence

Something I’ve never spoken about, not even on any of our income and expense reports is TV licence.

That’s because I don’t have one, and never have. An no, that doesn’t mean I’m watching TV without a licence.

Instead, it means I don’t pay because I don’t have the ariel anywhere near the TV. I don’t use it.

In fact, I’d go as far as to say I think it’s a complete and utter waste of money.

When Do You Need A TV Licence

You need a TV Licence if you’re doing any of the following;

  • Watching live TV on any platform – TV, Mobile, Tablet etc.
  • Watching any content on BBC iPlayer
  • Recording live TV

If you’re wondering “do I need a tv licence for Netflix?” the answer is no, you don’t.

In fact, here’s a list of all the things you can STILL watch without a TV licence.

  • Youtube
  • Netflix
  • Any catch-up/ on-demand services (except for BBC iPlayer)

TV Licence Exceptions

If you are over 75 you are entitled to a free TV Licence. 

If you are blind (severely sight impaired) and can provide the appropriate evidence, you are eligible to apply for a 50% concession. For more information on TV licence discounts then visit the website.

How Much Does A TV Licence Cost?

At the time of writing, you can pay £150.50 every 12 months (this works out at £12.54 per month)

Alternatively, you can pay via direct debit monthly at a cost of £12.56 or quarterly at a cost of £38.39. There are also options to pay weekly or fortnightly from as little as £6.

What Happens If You Don’t Pay TV Licence

So you might be wondering what happens if you don’t pay TV licence. Well, TV licencing has many enforcement offices that regularly check out checks.

If you’re found to be avoiding paying a TV licence while watching live TV then you’ll be prosecuted with a fine of;

£500 Jersey

£1,000 in England

£2,000 in Guernsey

How To Pay For TV Licence

The quickest and easiest way to pay for your TV Licence is online on the TV Licencing website.

Do You Need TV Licence To Watch Netflix & Other On-Demand TV Providers?

As you don’t need a TV licence to watch Netflix. I recommend spending some of the money you saved on content Netflix which requires a subscription or upgrading to Youtube Premium, Hulu, Now TV etc.

Honestly, there’s nothing on TV that we’d ever like to watch. We’re not into sports, soaps etc. so it’s 100% a waste of money.

In fact, by not having a TV licence we find that we not only save money but find ourselves watching content with intent rather than just any random thing that’s on at that moment in time…


Some people couldn’t live without a TV licence and I 100% appreciate that. However, I find that so many people have a TV licence when they can’t afford it or don’t utilise it.

In which case, I’d recommend you to think again as to whether or not you could really do without a TV licence this year.

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