Student preparation check list just got longer TV licence change to include iPlayer use will impact Students and other young people

Today BBC announced changes coming into force for TV Licences.

From today, you must be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand. This applies to any device and provider you use.

Citizens Advice are very keen to make sure that students who are just packing up to head off to University know that anyone who downloads or watches BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on iPlayer must be covered by a TV Licence. As before, you still need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record live TV programmes on any channel, including on iPlayer. This applies to any device you use.

Students need to have their wits about them at this time of year:

Setting up bank accounts,
Signing tenancy agreements,
Checking inventories,
Setting budgets for the year – how much money will be coming in and what can be afforded?
Getting insurance

Nelleke van Helfteren, Deputy Manager at Ipswich Citizens Advice said:

‘While we know it is not exciting, a bit of preparation can save a lot of money. We are urging people to remember to consider TV Licences in their budgeting for the year to avoid being caught out by high fines. Check your halls of residence terms and conditions to see if you are covered for insurance, TV licence, internet access and so on. Private tenants will need to sort out bills and licences on starting a tenancy. Make sure you read the meters when you move in and take photographs of any areas of damp, damage, note down all issues and share this with your landlord or letting agency to avoid heavy losses of deposit a year on.’

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