AROUND 300,000 households whose TV Licence is set to expire on 31 March could escape a price hike coming into force the next day – here’s how.
From 1 April, TV Licensing is upping the price of a colour licence by £4 from £150.50 to £154.50.
Getty – Contributor Around 300,000 households could save by renewing their TV Licence on 31 March
While the cost of a black and white licence will rise by £1.50 from £50.50 to £52.
But TV Licensing says 296,478 people could escape the hike by renewing their licence the day it expires on March 31.
These households currently make a one off payment for their licence by debit or credit card or by cheque, which means it won’t automatically renew.
So they’re better off renewing the day their licence ends to escape the price hike rather than putting it off till the weekend or at a later date.
How to watch TV legally without paying for a licenceIN the UK, any household watching or recording live television must hold a TV licence.
In recent years, this has been extended to include BBC programmes on iPlayer, whether they are live, catch up or on demand. But does everyone really need a licence? Here’s the lowdown on how to avoid paying – legally.
On demand TV – such as catch-up TV and on demand previews – which are available through services including ITV Player, All4 , My5 , BT Vision/BT TV, Virgin Media, Sky Go, Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
On demand movies – from services such as Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
Recorded films and programmes – either via DVD or Blu-ray, or downloaded from the internet.
YouTube – on demand video clips through services such as YouTube.
You need a licence if you’re planning to watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, or if you download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
Households can pay for or renew their licence on the TV Licensing website, by calling 0300 555 0286 if they’re a cash plan customer or 0300 790 0368 if they’re a debit card user, or by visiting a PayPoint outlet (debit card users only).
A TV Licensing spokesperson said: “We know people are always looking for ways to make their money go further, which is why we are reminding people to renew their TV Licence before the end of the month.
“We offer a range of ways to spread the cost, including direct debit and weekly cash payments at one of over 28,000 PayPoint outlets around the country.”
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It comes as millions face losing their free TV licences because the BBC may hike the age threshold by five years.
Meanwhile, we warned earlier this year how students are risking a £1,000 fine by watching TV with their laptop or iPad plugged in.
Just this week we also warned how to avoid a TV Licence scam that has rinsed £830,000 from victims in the last year.
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