The TV Licensing Authority's caught 1800 residents in Hertfordshire watching telly without a TV licence...
Officials' routine investigation discovered the offenders in the first six months of this year risking the £1000 fine.
JACKfm understands around five per cent of Hertfordshire's homes are thought to be unlicensed television viewers.
Spokesperson Emma Cowlard told JACKfm that people get confused about whether or not they have to have a license to watch television programmes on the internet. She said: "If you don't have a television set, and you're just watching on your laptop and you're catching up on last night's EastEnders, then you don't need a TV Licence. But in the vast majority of cases, people watch something live online, or record it as it's shown, and in that case they definitely do need one.
"If you watch BBC iPlayer, something will pop up saying that you're watching live, and that should serve as a trigger for people to be reminded that they do need to be covered by a licence."
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