A reminder of the law:
The law states that you need to be covered by a TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes, on any device, as they're being shown on TV. This includes TVs, computers, mobile phones, games consoles, digital boxes and Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recorders.
You don't need a licence if you don't use any of these devices to watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV - for example, if you use your TV only to watch DVDs or play video games, or you only watch ‘catch up’ services like BBC iPlayer or 4oD.
I've just had an email from the kind folks at TV Licensing, stating "you've 14 days left to renew your TV Licence."
And gee, it sure does sound tempting: "Renew now then sit back tune in curl up wind down and enjoy a year's worth of TV," says the £145.50 bill.
I'll be the first to admit, on a cold evening there are few things quite as satisfying as vegging out in front of the tele, catching up on your favourite shows. But the key word here is 'catching up,' and the way in which technology has evolved our viewing habits suggests that the annual licence fee is becoming avoidable.
My wife was quick to point out that you have to pay it - "it's just one of those things," she says - but it did make me wonder; do we actually need to? The law states that you need a TV Licence if "you watch or record television programmes, on any device, as they're being shown on TV". In other words, if you watch or record live programming.
With the advent of BBC iPlayer, iTunes, Netflix and various other on-demand services, the way in which we watch TV has changed dramatically. So much so that having moved into a new home last year, I haven't yet fitted a TV aerial - it seems there's no need.
I catch-up with BBC programmes for free on iPlayer (so long as they're not streamed live) and I get the TV shows I really want to watch through the post via LoveFilm. However, while I like to believe I could get by without live TV, my argument falls short on one point: I'm a sucker for live sport.
The 2013 Wimbledon Championship looms, so I've made my decision and renewed the licence for another year. But let's hear it from you, the readers. Do you still pay the licence fee for watching live TV? Or, as a result of DVDs and the Internet, do you no longer feel the need? Let us know in the comments below.