Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

TV licence refund for students

'It is vital students understand the law when it comes to watching or streaming live TV'

Around 150 people are jailed each year in Northern Ireland for failing to pay TV licence fines
Around 150 people are jailed each year in Northern Ireland for failing to pay TV licence fines

As students across Northern Ireland prepare for their exams, TV Licensing is reminding those moving home for the summer they might be able to claim a refund on their TV licence.

To be eligible, students need to have a TV licence, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation in universities and colleges across Northern Ireland, or indeed universities across other parts of the UK, and moving back home to a licensed address.

Any student who purchased a TV licence at the start of the academic year will have a full three months remaining on their licence.

This means they can now claim a refund for the final unused quarter worth £36.37.

TV Licensing spokeswoman Deborah King said: “The refund is fantastic news for students who planned ahead and bought their licence at the start of the academic year.

“It is vital students understand the law when it comes to watching or streaming live TV or they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”

Do I need a licence?

Watching TV on the internet

You need to be covered by a licence if you watch TV online at the same time as it's being broadcast on conventional TV in the UK or the Channel Islands.

Video recorders and digital recorders like Sky+

You need a licence if you record TV as it's broadcast, whether that's on a conventional video recorder or digital box.

Mobile phones

A licence covers you to watch TV as it's broadcast on a mobile phone, whether you're at home or out and about.

Source: tvlicensing.co.uk

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