Licence refund

AS THE university summer break begins, and students in the University of South Wales move back home for the summer holidays, TV Licensing is reminding them that they could be eligible for a very useful refund of almost £37 on the final quarter of their annual TV licence.

We know that for a lot of students, extra cash is always welcome, and many will not need their TV licence over the holiday period. To be eligible for the refund, students need to have a TV licence, be leaving their halls or rented accommodation and moving back to a licensed address.

If there are three full calendar months before the licence expires, they are entitled to a refund for the unused quarter. A colour TV licence bought in October 2013 cost £145.50 so the refund is £36.37. You need a TV licence to watch or record programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whether you are watching on TV sets or other devices including tablets and laptops.

Students who wish to arrange a refund or who need further information simply need to complete an online form at www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6090.

Matt Francis Regional Spokesperson TV Licensing Wales Press Office

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10:48am Sun 15 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

Pity we cannot get a rebate for the crap TV's transmit, I estimate I would receive almost 80% of my licence back. Many don't understand the licence is NOT for BBC output, but, simply for owning a TV set. Hence the licence is globally demanded even if you never watch it.
Pity we cannot get a rebate for the crap TV's transmit, I estimate I would receive almost 80% of my licence back. Many don't understand the licence is NOT for BBC output, but, simply for owning a TV set. Hence the licence is globally demanded even if you never watch it. Mervyn James
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10:34pm Sun 15 Jun 14

welsh_n_proud says...

Mervyn James wrote:
Pity we cannot get a rebate for the crap TV's transmit, I estimate I would receive almost 80% of my licence back. Many don't understand the licence is NOT for BBC output, but, simply for owning a TV set. Hence the licence is globally demanded even if you never watch it.
Sorry, Meryn, but that's not true at all. The licence is for watching or recording programmes as they are transmitted by any provider which can be received in the UK. If you do not use the TV for watching live TV or for recording programmes as they are broadcast (such as a Tivo box or a Sky+ box) then you DO NOT have to have a TV license. If you watch BBC iPlayer and the other channels' equivalents (even through the TV if you attach a laptop to the TV for example), you don't have to have a license (unless you press the "Watch Live" button on the apps or websites, in which case you would need a license).

So, to recap, if you never watch or record TV as it is being broadcast, you can cancel your TV license and get a bit of a refund. They will send you threatening letters, but it is their responsibility to prove that you are breaking the law (by watching live without a TV license) and usually after you write to confirm you never watch live TV, they leave you alone for a year. We did this for years as we did not want to watch TV (but used it for DVDs and so on) and never had a problem. They came round every now and again, but as they could clearly see our TV was not attached to a cable or aerial they were quite happy.

Hope this helps!
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Pity we cannot get a rebate for the crap TV's transmit, I estimate I would receive almost 80% of my licence back. Many don't understand the licence is NOT for BBC output, but, simply for owning a TV set. Hence the licence is globally demanded even if you never watch it.[/p][/quote]Sorry, Meryn, but that's not true at all. The licence is for watching or recording programmes as they are transmitted by any provider which can be received in the UK. If you do not use the TV for watching live TV or for recording programmes as they are broadcast (such as a Tivo box or a Sky+ box) then you DO NOT have to have a TV license. If you watch BBC iPlayer and the other channels' equivalents (even through the TV if you attach a laptop to the TV for example), you don't have to have a license (unless you press the "Watch Live" button on the apps or websites, in which case you would need a license). So, to recap, if you never watch or record TV as it is being broadcast, you can cancel your TV license and get a bit of a refund. They will send you threatening letters, but it is their responsibility to prove that you are breaking the law (by watching live without a TV license) and usually after you write to confirm you never watch live TV, they leave you alone for a year. We did this for years as we did not want to watch TV (but used it for DVDs and so on) and never had a problem. They came round every now and again, but as they could clearly see our TV was not attached to a cable or aerial they were quite happy. Hope this helps! welsh_n_proud
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