A change in the law: You will need a TV Licence for BBC iPlayer

August 2, 2016

On 7th July the government laid secondary legislation proposing to close the BBC iPlayer loophole. The new law, which will extend the licence fee to cover BBC iPlayer, is expected to be implemented from 1 September 2016.

It will affect only those who are currently unlicensed and who watch on demand programmes, including catch-up, on BBC iPlayer. The law change does not affect the vast majority of households which are already licensed.

The new law applies to watching BBC iPlayer on all devices including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console. A licence will be needed even if you access BBC iPlayer through another provider such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview or BT. An advisory notice will appear on BBC iPlayer from 1 September.

As before a licence will still be needed to watch or record live TV on any channel, no matter what device you use.

For further details please visit TV Licensing website

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