Is a television licence required for amateur TV reception?

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greg
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Is a television licence required for amateur TV reception?

Post by greg » Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:48 am

Hi all
Over on the RSGB Tutor's reflector group an interesting topic has arisen.
Does amateur television reception require a television licence?

My personal view is no as the amateur radio licence evolved and enveloped the old GPO Amateur TV Licence which gave licencees the right to transmit (and therefore receive) amateur television.

I tried asking TV licensing directly but their site crashed when I sent the message, and is still down as I type this post.

Has anyone taken the time to ask TV Licensing or have any thoughts?

Admin: Please feel free to move this post if it is in the wrong section. I looked and this seemed the most likely place.
I have done a search of the forum but nothing relevant appeared (57 for licence and 14 for licensing).

g0mjw
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Re: Is a television licence required for amateur TV reception?

Post by g0mjw » Sun Aug 30, 2020 1:21 pm

According to https://www.gov.uk/tv-licence

You must have a TV Licence if you:

watch or record programmes on a TV, computer or other device as they’re broadcast
download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand

Amateurs don't, or at least should not, broadcast, but repeaters do. I would therefore say yes on a strict interpretation of the statement if you receive a repeater live or via BATC streamer. However you probably need to look at the legislation to be sure. I would also suggest this is not necessarily a good question to raise with the authorities.

Meanwhile back to Austrian TV for the Belgian GP.

Mike

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Re: Is a television licence required for amateur TV reception?

Post by G1LWX » Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:27 am

I can rememder the old Tv licence had a paragraph that stated
It was valid for reception of licenced amateur radio and amateur television stations.
Mind you I'm going back to the 70s

73s Mike G1LWX

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