If you watch or record programmes as they are being shown, you legally need a TV licence to watch them in the UK. In addition to TVs, this includes computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes, DVD/VHS recorders or any other similar devices.
However, you do not need a TV licence to watch videos or DVDs, online catch-up services like iPlayer and 4oD or clips on websites like YouTube. If you only use TV equipment for closed circuit television such as security cameras, you do not need a TV licence.
A standard colour TV licence costs £145.50 and you can pay for it all at once or in installments.