Students Face £1,000 Fine For Watching TV Online

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First Posted: 16/11/11 14:39 Updated: 16/11/11 14:42   PA

Students have been warned they could face a £1,000 fine for watching live television online without a licence.

Many believe they do not need a licence for watching their favourite shows on their computers, TV Licensing said.

But failing to buy one could land them in court, they were told.

A TV Licensing spokesman said: "More and more students are choosing to watch TV in a variety of different ways, including on devices such as iPads and laptops.

"If they are watching or recording programmes, including Frozen Planet, sport or The X-Factor, at the same time as they are shown on TV they must have a valid licence or risk breaking the law."

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