Iplayer now comes at a cost

Posted by Paul Anderson Riley in Neighbourhood on 5 September 2016 - Paul is a Credit Analyst at checkmyfile

Following new rules put into place on Thursday morning those watching programmes on BBC iPlayer will require a TV license. This new rule means that even if the programme is not live you will still need a TV license. Previously no TV license was needed if you were watching programmes not being broadcasted live.

Young people and students are expected to be mainly affected as previously they would have been able to watch programmes on iPlayer without paying the yearly fee of £145.50. Students have been purposefully targeted by TV Licensing to make them aware of these changes, although some may be covered by their parent’s TV license. The validity of this can be checked on the TV Licensing website.

IPlayer will currently ask users if they hold a TV license when attempting to watch content but it is currently unknown how this new set of rules will be enforced. A spokesperson from TV Licensing comments "We know the vast majority of people are law abiding and would anticipate those who need a licence for the first time will buy one…We have a range of enforcement techniques which we will use and these have already allowed us to prosecute people who watch on a range of devices, not just TVs."

"At present, a pop-up window appears asking viewers to confirm they've got a TV licence when they click to play live BBC content on iPlayer, and from today, that will update to include on-demand BBC programmes on iPlayer…The vast majority of households - around 94% - are already licensed so this change will not affect them. You still need a licence to watch or record live TV on any channel," says a spokesperson from the BBC.

This new set of rules hopes to eradicate those getting free use of services paid for by existing license holders as the government aims to modernise the TV Licensing system. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, streaming devices and games consoles all fall under this set of rules. This doesn’t impact those who already hold TV licenses.

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