Almost 150 young adults in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough were caught watching live TV without a licence in the past year, according to statistics.
More than 26,000 people aged 18 to 25 were caught nationally, with 49 from Kettering, 59 from Corby and 41 from Wellingborough included in figures released today (Monday) by TV licensing.
Recent research shows 29 per cent think TV Licensing can’t catch people watching live TV on a computer, laptop or mobile device and just over half of students believe that people in general are unlikely to be caught if they watch live TV without a TV licence.
Anyone caught could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.
Spokesman for TV Licensing in the West Midlands Mark Whitehouse 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.
“A TV Licence costs on average £12.13 a month which goes towards services like Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC iPlayer, Newsbeat and Match of the Day.
“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.”