Are you going to have to pay for BBC's iPlayer?

16 January 2012


The BBC's iPlayer is great isn't it? All those TV shows, just sat there waiting to be watched and caught-up with. For a week. And at a set-volume if you're using the PS3 app. But still, pretty great. The volume goes up to 11 you know?

God bless the BBC.

But wait! What's this? The notion that we'll have to pay to use it is being floated around? REALLY?

The BBC are currently playing down the idea that the catch-up TV iPlayer will start charging in the UK. Reports have been suggesting that the BBC have been looking at a pay-per-view model, but it appears that this may only be the case for shows that have passed the seven-day window.

"We never stop future-gazing at the BBC and there are always a number of new ideas under discussion,” the BBC said in a statement. “Any such ideas would need to be developed in conjunction with the industry and with rights-holders and they would certainly not lead to a two-tier licence fee."

The idea is that, Auntie Beeb could ask for payment on archived shows with a model that would unlock “80 years of history.” That basically means you can watch old episodes of the Old Grey Whistle Test or old news bulletins and the like via a micropayment.

Doesn't seem so bad now.

TOPICS:   Technology   TV   Cool Stuff


  • Dick
    If it is available on iplayer and free, I will use iplayer. Otherwise, I will torrent it. I'm not paying to watch stuff that has been on TV.
  • Tweedskin
    "future-gazing"?! Cunts.
  • M
    I don't see we should be paying for the BBC's programming twice.. Perhaps if they dropped wastes of licence fee/airtime like Top Gear for example..
  • Mike H.
    Too fucking right you should you free-loading, iPad-toting, shit-stabbing, BMW/Audi-driving, shirt-lifting, tea-bagging, wine-quaffing, cheese-loving, teeth-sucking, plimsole-wearing, facebook-using TWAT! Why the fuck, should the licence payer have to prop up iPlayer? I pay £145 for my licence, and for what? Dowturn fucking Abbey! COUGH UP CHAV!
  • bob
    Downton Abbey is on ITV.
  • Johnny B.
    Bloody hell Mike Hock...are you on your period or something? Haha
  • Mad H.
    (1) Downton Abbey is on ITV, and (2) plenty of people already pay for BBC content twice in the form of license fees and DVD boxsets. If there's a choice between watching series 1 of Sherlock for, say, 50p an episode via iPlayer or buying the DVDs, what would you choose?
  • Alexis
    It should be free. It's been paid for once by the general public. It's not their fault the tapes just happen to live on a dusty shelf somewhere. Converting everything to digital doesn't seem to be a problem if they fancy sticking it on a DVD to offer for sale. They need to get with the times and just accept as a media company, they need to continue embracing digital. Make us some money out of it by just charging other countries if they want to watch. They already have a paid iplayer service for those abroad. Make more money out of it by offering vintage stuff, but make it free for UK residents.
  • Mr. P.
    Paying for a TV licence? How quaint.
  • Tim
    We pay for archive shows on DVD. I'd be happy to pay for decent quality approved downloads for shows the BBC and Dave never bother repeating, so long as the price is less than a DVD and I can keep it forever. It's about time we kill optical media. Broadband speeds are up to the job now. Price needs to be right though. That's why I still buy CDs and rip them myself to Flac to put on my NAS. CDs are generally cheaper than (legal) downloads!
  • blablabla
    This article is nonsense. The "iPlayer" catchup service is NOT being considered to move to a pay model whatsoever. What is being considered is charging a fee to access the BBC's archive and back catalogue on a not for profit basis. Your TV Licence entitles you to receive live broadcast TV. Nothing more, nothing less. The government then pass that on to the BBC, S4C and fund rural broadband. The BBC allow you to catch up online via iPlayer for 7 days from initial broadcast, even for those who pay no licence fee in the first place. 7 days is all they were allowed to offer thanks to the whinging commercial broadcasters who themselves offer around 30 days viewing. After that, why should the archive programming, alot of which the BBC do not own the full rights to, be offered for free? Do people expect to get free copies of BBC DVD's because they paid a licence fee 20 years ago to watch them then? Of course not! Its would be a nonsense to suggest the BBC gives away, for example, Only Fools And Horses when it sells incredibly well and brings in money to the BBC via DVD sales and repeats on the UKTV family of channels.
  • callum
    There is no logic in the notion that because you pay for a license fee you should never have to pay anything to the BBC ever again. If the BBC want to start charging you to watch BBC1 then yes, by all means complain. But a pay-per-view premium iPlayer service is no different to them making money from their various magazines, DVD sets, films and various toys etc.
  • Alexis
    "Your TV Licence entitles you to receive live broadcast TV. Nothing more, nothing less. " Entitlement isn't the same as what it pays for though (otherwise the money would just go to maintain the masts and broadcast signals).
  • Mr M.
    Broadband speeds might be up to the job, download limits are no where near unfortunately.
  • LD
    Strikes me they're is/be hardly anything worth watching live, therefore no need for a £145+ licence.
  • keveh
    Meh, I'd happily pay for the iPlayer as it stands.
  • Sicknote
    Iplayer is a massive draw on the BBC in terms of management, development and running costs; that's what needs paying for.
  • ShakesHeadSadly
    I'd like the option. Personally, I can't remember the last time I watched something "live" on TV, but use the catchup services all the time. Can I just pay for that and not pay the licence fee? Please?
  • Philip L.
    I agree with the idea that after the 7 days are up, it goes in the archive on a pay for basis until it is repeated on a BBC channel... which kind of begs the question, won't that give an incentive to never repeat content?
  • Ryan M.
    It's simple - these programs have already been paid for many times over by the British public so you shouldn't have to pay. Also, you shouldn't have to pay a TV licence just because you CAN receive BBC programs on your TV even if you don't really want to - also, with the all the recent shit concerning biased news reporting & long time associations with massive paedophile rings, I don't think we should be giving these fuckers any money whatsoever. I'm gonna torrent what I want & I doubt I'll be paying my licence next year.

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