Is a TV licence needed if using a USB tuner at uni

  pennistone 15:23 23 Sep 04
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We plan to buy a WinTV USB for a student for use with her laptop. As TV reception is not a permanent facility is a licence required.

  johnnyrocker 15:27 23 Sep 04

i would think so as i believe the licence refers to devices capable of tv reception.

johnny.

  JonnyTub 15:28 23 Sep 04

yes it is required for ant kind of tv reception equipment, although you may get a discount, check out their website.

  JonnyTub 15:29 23 Sep 04
  JonnyTub 15:30 23 Sep 04

Get caught without a TV Licence and you could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000

The great thing about being at college is that you're always meeting lots of new people from all sorts of interesting backgrounds.

Unless, of course the visitor is a TV Licensing officer.

If you're using a television set at university or college, or anything else to receive or record television programme services (such as video recorders, set-top boxes or PCs with broadcast cards) without a valid TV Licence then you could be prosecuted and fined - which could make your days at college a lot less fun than they should be.

To avoid this happening you need to be aware of the following facts of TV Licensing:

A colour TV Licence currently costs £121, a black and white licence is £40.50.

If you live in halls of residence and use a TV in your own room, you need your own separate TV Licence.

You also need your own licence if you are sharing a house with other students and use a TV in your room, and your room is a separately occupied place (a separate tenancy agreement would normally indicate that this is the case).

However, if you have a separate tenancy agreement but a television is only being used in a communal area, then only one licence is required.

Equally, if you are sharing a house with other students and you use a TV in your own room but the house can be treated as one place shared by all, then only one TV Licence is required (a joint tenancy agreement would usually be evidence that the house is a single licensable place for this purpose).

Your parents' licence will not cover you away from home*

* A TV set powered by its own internal batteries - a pocket sized TV for example - may be covered by a licence at your parents' address. If you're in doubt, please call 0870 241 5973.

Would you like cashback?

Did you know you could be entitled to a substantial refund on your licence fee?

We understand that most students do not need the final 3 months of their TV Licence as they leave the campus during the summer. Provided you don't need your licence again before it expires, you can claim for any completely unused quarters (three consecutive calendar months, e.g. July, August and September).

Most students would therefore need to buy a TV Licence at the beginning of term in October in order to allow enough time at the end of the term year to qualify for a refund. But remember to get your licence as soon as you need it, because leaving it late could prove very costly.

For further information, please call 0870 241 5973. To find out about the many ways you can pay for your TV Licence, including the ease of paying by Direct Debit, please click here.

To pay online now, click here

  SANTOS7 15:30 23 Sep 04

As far as i am aware if you have a device that can receive a signal you will probably need a licence
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found this,good luck

It is now, but several years ago it wasn't as long as you had a licence for your home address.

  Noelg23 15:34 23 Sep 04

Students...dont u just love them? so hell bent on spending any money on such priority stuff like rent and TV licence yet they dont mind going out clubbing and getting totally wasted...yes you do need a licence...this is the 21st Century after all...then when they do eventually graduate....the bank are running after them for the repayments on their loans...

  Pidder 18:28 23 Sep 04

Noelg23 Don't really see the connection, in this 21st century the dissemination of information by TV or whatever should be free.

  Forum Editor 19:13 23 Sep 04

If you live in halls of residence and use a TV or a WinTV card in your own room, you need your own separate TV Licence.
You also need your own licence if you are sharing a house with other students and use a TV in your room, and your room is a separately occupied place (a separate tenancy agreement would normally indicate that this is the case). However, if you have a separate tenancy agreement but a television is only being used in a communal area, then only one licence is required. Equally, if you are sharing a house with other students and you use a TV in your own room but the house can be treated as one place shared by all, then only one TV Licence is required (a joint tenancy agreement would usually be evidence that the house is a single licensable place for this purpose).

Many students don't need the last three months of their licence - they leave uni for the summer - and they can get a £29 refund for the unexpired portion.

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