94 100 young adults aged 18-25 have been caught watching television without a licence in Milton Keynes over the last 12 months, according to new figures released today by TV Licensing.
The organisation is now reminding students and other young adults they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live television, on any device, without a licence.
Recent research shows that one in ten undergraduates believe they will not get caught watching live TV without a licence, while 24 per cent think they can’t be caught watching live television on a computer, laptop or mobile device.
Martin Dyan, spokesperson for TV Licensing in London and the South East, said: “On average, students own three devices capable of streaming live TV so it is important they understand the law when it comes TV and devices.
“Watching live television on any device is illegal, without a licence, and could result in prosecution and fine of up to £1,000.
“If you’re a student and you are worried about paying for a licence, get in touch. We know some people struggle to pay which is why we have many payment options available to spread the cost in smaller, more manageable chunks. Once covered, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy television legally.”
A licence is needed to watch or record live television, on any device including a laptop, tablet or mobile phone. Students living in Milton Keynes who are in any doubt about whether or not they need a licence are encouraged to check by visiting www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or by calling 0300 790 6113.