You don’t need a TV to watch programmes and films. Instead, you can use a streaming service. This uses your internet connection to play videos through a web browser or an app on your device.
There are plenty of advantages to using a streaming service. You can:
- watch TV shows and films whenever, wherever. Unlike watching TV, there isn’t a set time for a programme to be aired, so you can watch at a time that suits you
- watch on a variety of devices, such as a laptop, tablet, smart TV or mobile phone
- re-watch as many times as you like.
There are several streaming services you can use. For example:
- Netflix is a popular website that offers a wide range of films, TV shows and documentaries. You just need an email address to sign up for an account. There is a monthly fee.
- If you have a TV licence, you can use BBC iPlayer. Watch live programmes and the news, as well as catch up on all the BBC channels.
- Channel 4 and ITV have their own streaming sites too: All 4 and ITV Hub. You just need an email address to create an account. They’re both free to use to catch up on programmes, although you’ll need a TV licence to watch live TV.
If you’re aged 75 or over and you receive Pension Credit, you can get a free TV licence. If you’re blind or in residential care, you may get a discount. Visit our webpage Paying for your TV licence for more information.