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As Amazon is actively trying to be a major streaming platform, it recently signed several deals to improve offerings for live streaming. As of now, the platform includes popular channels like ITV, Discovery and Eurosport. However, if you are interested in using the live television service, you will need to pay a license fee.
Earlier last week, the new service was introduced for the first time in Europe and laws in UK require that all users of live television purchase a license regardless of the platform a viewer is using. In the official Blog of TV Licensing’s website, a spokesperson said, “If you watch or record live TV, either through your TV or live online through a website, then you need to be covered by a TV License.”
While the new announcement means users in the UK will need to provide a licensing fee, it will hardly effect the business as more than 90 percent of the television viewers in the country are currently under different licensing agreement.
Following the announcement by TV Licensing, Amazon also updated its section to inform users that they will need to have license to use the platform. It said, “If you are using Watch Live with your Channel subscription, you will need a valid TV License.”
Given that the service’s main selling factor is its competitive rate, the change wont’ be affecting the majority of UK households.