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TV license and portable TV's.

Postby Hairyloon » Fri Sep 16, 2016 8:55 am

The rules say that a TV license covers a portable TV set while away from home. A portable TV is one that is powered by internal batteries.

Does it break the rules if the TV is plugged in to charge the batteries?
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Postby Hairyloon » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:38 pm

Ambiguous answers wrote:Any device powered solely by its own internal batteries (i.e. it is not connected to an aerial or plugged into the mains).
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Postby atticus » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:50 pm

Perhsps you should be getting your information from some other publication than Ambiguous Answers.
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Postby Hairyloon » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:26 pm

atticus wrote:Perhsps you should be getting your information from some other publication than Ambiguous Answers.

It is the site you directed me to.
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Postby atticus » Fri Sep 16, 2016 3:42 pm

I directed you to one specific faq, which does not contain the passage you quoted.
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Postby Hairyloon » Fri Sep 16, 2016 4:02 pm

atticus wrote:I directed you to one specific faq, which does not contain the passage you quoted.

No, but it does contain a link labelled "TV Licensing for second (holiday) homes" to a page on the same site...
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Postby dls » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:28 pm

Surely it just means that if you watch it whilst it is plugged in charging, the fact that it is charging does not mean it is portable.

Switch it when not plugged in and it remains portable.
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Postby Spankymonkey » Sat Oct 08, 2016 1:53 pm

Only if you are watching live broadcasts without a TV license would you be breaking the law. Portable or mains operated, charging or not, if there are live broadcasts dancing across your screen at the time, there's the offence.
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Postby atticus » Sat Oct 08, 2016 2:30 pm

That has recently changed to cover catch up.

And when you watch iPlayer you have to confirm that you have a tv licence.
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