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April 14, 2009

Viewing BBC Wi-Fi TV could be illegal


by David Allen

It seems that the BBC trial of TV over Wi-Fi could lead the viewer into hot water with TV Licensing officials through a little known licensing law.

As soon as any device, such as a mobile phone, is plugged into mains power to watch TV, the location must be covered by a TV Licence, if not then the user could be seen as breaking the law.

It is the user of the device who is considered to be the law breaker and not the building owner.

This does not apply when the device is charged up on a plane or train and in a car.

Basically the user is covered by their home licence while travelling, but as soon as they use mains power in a building, they need to be covered.

This no light matter either, anyone found watching TV without a licence would be committing a criminal offence and can be fined up to a £1,000.

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