License to View


World Cup fans without a television rejoiced when the BBC said it would put its coverage online. But there's a catch. The British government says anyone watching on a computer who hasn't paid for the nation's mandatory television license is breaking the law. The government says any device used to receive television programs is covered by the license. Authorities say they have found and prosecuted people for viewing TV programs on their PCs without buying the license. The good news is that one license will cover all of a home's TVs and PCs.