An increasing number of viewers are ditching their normal static TV sets in favour of watching programmes on the move, but do they know the legalities of doing so?
This Bank Holiday weekend in particular, a lot of people will be away from home and seeking some alternative method of watching their favourite TV programmes.
The overwhelming majority of people in that situation are already licensed to receive TV programmes on the move, by virtue of the fact that their home address is covered by a valid TV licence.
Anyone whose home address is covered by a valid TV licence is also covered to receive TV programmes elsewhere, as long as they use a device powered by its own internal battery and without an external aerial (e.g. an unplugged laptop, tablet or smartphone). That could be in their caravan somewhere in the Lake District, or it could be walking around town doing the shopping.
Suppose, hypothetically speaking, that a person wanted to receive TV programmes on the move, but their home address was not already covered by a valid TV licence. People in that situation, which must be an infinitesimally small minority, would technically require a TV licence before they started receiving TV programmes on the move.
To summarise: If you're watching on a mobile device, the chances are you are already correctly licensed to do so.
Of course the chances of being caught evading the TV licence on the move are also infinitesimally small (read as non-existent).
How would you react if some randomer approached you in the street and asked "what are you doing with your mobile phone?"