Getting a TV licence in Scotland

Watch or record TV shows live as they’re broadcast? You’ll need to get a TV licence or could face a £1000 fine. It’s money well-spent. You’re helping to fund public broadcasting – meaning less time spent watching ads and more time watching quality, uninterrupted programmes on the BBC.

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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.