It appears that the TV Licensing website is down yet again.
By our reckoning it's about the fourth time the TV Licensing website has experienced unplanned downtime this year. In a similar situation we'd be seeking a new host (not that we've got one, but you know what we mean!)
If you're currently unable to access the TV Licensing website, please take a moment to consider whether or not you actually need a TV licence.
A TV licence is only needed for those properties where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes. Anyone not receiving TV programmes (e.g. programmes at the same time as they are broadcast to the wider public) does not legally need a TV licence. That might be the case for a person who only views non-live catch-up services, or who only uses their TV set to play video games.
People in that situation are advised to ignore TV Licensing completely, as they cannot be trusted in their dealings with the occupiers of correctly unlicensed properties (e.g. they try to sell them a TV licence anyway).
You can find a lot more information in our free ebook, TV Licensing Laid Bare. Please download it and share it with all your friends.
TV Licensing is absolutely obsessed with its website, because it does the same job as a thousand of its untrained call centre monkeys for a fraction of the price. At least it would if it actually worked properly.
Speaking recently on BBC Tees, TV Licensing PR harlot Matt Thompson said: "We're constantly working to reduce the cost of collection. One thing that has been a great way of reducing the cost of collection has been our TV Licensing website, which essentially enables you to identify if you need a licence, you can purchase your licence, you can tell us if you don't need a licence as well. So, as you can imagine, that's led to huge efficiencies."
Sadly these efficiencies haven't led to investment in a reliable web platform!