Law still applies to life on a boat

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WITH an increasing number of people choosing a life afloat, TV Licensing is urging boat dwellers to ensure they are correctly licensed to enjoy their favourite programmes.

By law, residential boat owners who are watching or recording TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV need to be licensed. This is true no matter what device is used, how the programmes are received, or whether the boat is cruising or moored.

Spokesperson for TV Licensing in London and the south east, Martin Dyan said: ‘We know an increasing number of people are choosing an alternative lifestyle afloat.

‘There are an estimated 15,000 houseboat owners in the UK, with many choosing marinas like Port Solent and Chichester canal as their ideal waterway.

‘It is important they understand the law when it comes to watching or recording TV programmes.’

For further information and advice visit tvlicensing.co.uk/info, or call TV Licensing on 0300 790 6071.