TV License and BBC iPlayer

August 2, 2016 at 7:03 am (Television)

Half a million households run risk of £1k fine due to TV licence changes that will mean you need one to watch BBC iPlayer.
This will only apply to iPlayer, not other catch-up services like ITV Hub or All 4 (formerly 4oD).
TV Licensing says you will need a licence if you access iPlayer through another provider, such as Freeview, Freesat, YouView Sky, Virgin Media, BT Vision, Apple, Roku or Amazon.

Four in five households are unaware of forthcoming TV licence changes which means they could run the risk of a £1,000 fine and a criminal record, a survey suggests.
New rules aimed at closing a TV licence loop will come into effect on 1 September meaning households need to buy a £145.50 licence in order to download or watch programmes on BBC iPlayer.
It means around an extra half a million households will need to fork out for a licence.
However, more than 80 per cent of people surveyed by comparison website Broadband Genie had no idea that the changes were happening in just five weeks’ time, meaning they could unwittingly break the law.

TV Licensing say it is currently mailing all unlicensed addresses about the change – and that there is a notice on iPlayer to let people know the law is changing. Next month, it will also have an advertising blitz. It adds that 95 per cent of households currently have a licence and estimates the changes will impact around two per cent of the nation – just over half a million households.

For more information visit: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/bbc-iplayer-and-the-tv-licence?&WT.mc_id=rdir_tvlcouk-lawchange

As you can’t watch BBC iPlayer in foreign countries, I already thought that you needed a TV license anyway.

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