Nine young adults in Hastings were caught watching live TV without a TV license in the past year, according to the company responsible for them.
TV Licensing’s research shows more than 26,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 were caught, including more than 163 young adults in Sussex.
With 75 per cent of first year undergraduates aged 25 and under, TV Licensing is reminding freshers they could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000 if they are caught watching live TV, on any device, without a licence.
TV Licensing spokesperson for London and the south east Martin Dyan said: “Every year myths circulate around campus about when you do and don’t need a licence.
“We want to make sure students know one is needed by law to watch or record live TV, on any device including a laptop, tablet, mobile phone or games console.”
When asked, two in three students had a positive opinion of the BBC and 67 per cent thought the TV Licence offered value for money.
The research shows 29 per cent think they cannot be caught watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device.
And just over half of students believe people in general are unlikely to be caught if they watch live TV without a TV Licence.
“A TV licence costs on average £12.13 a month which goes towards services like Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC iPlayer, Newsbeat and BBC One Match of the Day,” Mr Dyan said.
“To avoid the risk of prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000, we encourage students to check if they need a licence on our website – www.tvlicensing.co.uk/studentinfo – or by calling 0300 790 6113.”
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