BBC iPlayer to require TV License, for some reason
Here at BW headquarters, erudite reporter Paul Smith told us last week, how the BBC’s so-far brilliant iPlayer can be used to watch telly without a TV License.
All good. But as the saying goes, all good things eventually crack you in the shins with rods made of sell-out. The Beeb's chief techno-illogicist Erik Huggers has called for a license requirement on all iPlayer usage, blathering: "My view is that if you are using the iPlayer you have to be a television licence fee payer. I don't believe in a free ride. If you are consuming BBC services then you have to be a licence holder…”
Of course, his plan on how to witch-hunt iPlayer users out of all internet-enabled households (and presumably offices?) in the UK remains in his little head of dreams. But in his money-grubbing kerfuffle to cock hop onto a free ride, by taxing people he thinks are getting a free ride, did he fail to notice March’s ‘Review of TV License Fee Collection’? Were his eyes too misted with outrage to read points 38 – 42, which state “98% of households still own television sets” and that it’s “not clear yet whether households are likely to switch to internet streaming”?
Maybe there’s been a new report since March, explaining how a sizeable chunk of the UK’s populous have smugly smashed in their TV sets in favour of iPlayer. Or maybe – just maybe – the BBC have spent our fees on commissioning reports along with special printers that launch all their output into a giant fucking incinerator.