New figures show a staggering 580,000 UK households last year declared they do not need to pay the hefty annual fee – because they only watch catch-up TV.
Nearly all BBC programmes are available on the free iPlayer service – including Top Gear and Strictly Come Dancing – just moments after they air on TV.
But a Government minister recently vowed to put an end to the loophole, claiming everyone who watches the BBC must “pay for it”.
The staggering number of “no licence fee needed” claims made last year soared from 486,800 in 2014, according to documents.
And in 2013 more than 463,800 households told TV Licensing bosses they were not required to shell out for a licence.The £145.50 fee is fixed until March 2017 but could be dropped in favour of a subscription system – similar to Netflix – when MPs debate the renewal of the Royal Charter.