The annual cost of a TV licence will increase from £147 to £150.50 from April 1.
The annual fee for BBC programming already went up last year by £1.50 for the first time since 2010 after the government said it would rise in line with inflation for five years.
The charge is applicable to anyone using a traditional TV, computer or any other piece of equipment to watch or record programmes, reports our sister paper The Mirror
Licence fee payers will receive a reminder of the new amount when they next need to renew, with anyone buying or renewing after 1 April made to pay the new higher fee.
Anyone who bought a licence on an instalment scheme that started before April 1 will continue to pay £147 until their renewal date, with TV Licensing to remind fee payers due to renew in March to pay on time to avoid the rise.
Hannah Maundrell, at Money.co.uk, said: "This increase might seem small but it’s yet another price hike to put pressure on people’s wallets at a time when they least need it."
The money expert said households should reconsider their usage - especially given the rise in on-demand services such as Netflix.
"Review how much live TV you are actually watching. You don't need a TV licence if you only ever use on demand services, except if you're watching BBC programmes on the iPlayer. It's a lot of money to pay if you're only ever watching Netflix on your smart TV," she continued.
"The TV licence doesn't just fund the TV programmes the BBC produces. It also pays for the BBC website, BBC Radio stations and the BBC World service, so if you're a heavy user of these think twice before you opt out of paying the licence fee."
Do I have to pay a TV Licence?
Anyone watching or recording live TV broadcasts or using iPlayer needs to have a TV licence – no matter what they're watching it on – or they could get a hefty fine.
That means watching on a phone, laptop or tablet still counts as long as it's broadcast. Even using someone else's SkyGo login at home means you need one as licences are tied to addresses.
If you're in a shared house, you might well be able to get away with one licence for the house - rather than one each – but in almost every other case you'll need a licence unless you never watch broadcast TV.
But there's some good news - while you need a licence, you might not need to pay full price for one.
When you don't need to pay for a TV licence
With the exception of iPlayer, if you’re not watching or recording live TV, you don’t need a licence.
So other catch-up TV services, streaming or downloading programmes after they’ve been shown or programmes available online before being shown on TV don't count.
So with no licence you can still watch:
- On demand – including catch-up TV and on demand previews – through services like ITV Player , All4 , My5 , BT Vision/BT TV , Virgin Media , Sky Go , Now TV , Apple TV , Chromecast , Roku and Amazon Fire TV .
- On demand movies from providers like Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Netflix and Amazon Instant Video .
- Recorded films and programmes either from a disc (eg DVD or Blu-ray) or downloaded from the internet.
- On demand internet video clips through services like YouTube.
“Whatever device you are using and however you’re watching, you need to be licensed to watch programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV, to watch or download programmes on iPlayer, or to view an online TV service. Fewer than 2% of households only watch catch-up TV so don't need a licence,” a spokeswoman from TV Licensing told Mirror Money .
Who gets a discount? Well, older Britons don't need a TV licence.
That means when you reach the age of 75, you can apply for a free over 75 licence. They last three years and will be sent out provided you give them your national insurance number. In fact, if you're 74, you can even apply for a short-term licence to cover up up until your 75th birthday.
Secondly, while it's not free, but anyone who's blind (severely sight impaired) can get half price licences. Again, this means the rest of the house is covered too.
If you're renting, you don't need a separate TV licence for your room if you have a relationship with the homeowner (and live in their main house) or a joint tenancy agreement - but do need one if you have a separate tenancy agreement for just your room.