You need a TV licence if you:
- watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, such as All4, Sky Go and YouTube, or
- download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer.
This could be on any device, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.
If one of your flatmates has a TV licence for their room, this will cover a TV in a communal area.
A TV licence costs £147.00 per year and you could be fined up to £1,000 or face prosecution if found not to have one.