Want to watch the World Cup at work? Businesses MUST be licensed

Watching TV at work is brought into focus by the World Cup
Watching TV at work is brought into focus by the World Cup

With the World Cup kicking off this Friday, TV Licensing is warning the Dacorum’s businesses to make sure they are licensed if they want to screen it in the workplace.

TV Licensing is asking businesses and business owners in Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted and Tring to make sure they are correctly licensed ahead of a massive summer of televised sport and is providing a helpful Workplace Viewing Guide to clarify how staff or customers can watch live TV at work and be correctly licensed.

The World Cup in Brazil kicks off the bumper sporting summer as hosts Brazil play Croatia in the opening fixture Friday at 9pm.

But it will be the early group stage kick-offs at 5pm – one of which involves England next Tuesday – which may see workers downing tools early to sit in front of the canteen TV or opening a live streaming service on their desk PC to catch the match.

Martin Dyan, spokesman for TV Licensing for the county, said: “With so much sport on free-to-air television this summer, employers in Hemel Hempstead may be tempted to bring TVs in to the workplace so their staff can catch all the live sporting action as it happens.

“It’s important businesses know the law around live TV being shown in the workplace. A TV Licence is required if anyone – staff or customers – watches or records TV programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, whether on a TV, tablet, computer or any other type of equipment.”

Download the Workplace Viewing Guide