iPlayer is changing again

iPlayer is changing again

After the BBC told you that you have to own a TV licence to watch their iPlayer (or at least say you have one), now they're changing things up again.

Auntie Beeb says that you'll have to sign-up for an account if you want to watch their catch-up service from 2017.

Now, there's already around 7 million people who have a BBC ID account, so it isn't too much of a faff. To sign-up, they need an email address and your date of birth.

From Tuesday 27th September, you'll also have to give them a postcode if you want to watch Strictly or Match of the Day on catch-up.

Why are they doing this? Well, they want to make the iPlayer more 'localised' and personal. We suspect that this is more likely to be a thing where they can pass information on to TV Licensing, and keep an eye on everyone.

This all looks like a move toward people having to enter their TV Licence number in to get access.

That all said, the BBC assure us that while TV Licensing will have access to the postcode information, they won't be using to send bailiffs 'round to your house or anything like that.

Helen Boaden, Director, BBC Radio and Executive sponsor for myBBC says: "Some of you might be thinking that this is driven by the changes to the so-called 'iPlayer loophole' which means you now need a TV licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand on iPlayer."

"It's not – it's about giving you a better BBC. As we said earlier this month, we'll carry on using our existing enforcement processes and techniques which we believe to be adequate and appropriate. In fact, early TV Licensing data shows that – as we expected - significant numbers of new people have bought a licence since the new rules came into force."

"We will keep our processes under review to make sure they are effective. The Government has asked us to review whether a verification system for accessing the iPlayer will be required in the future."

We'll see.

1 comment

  • Raptorcigs

    "significant numbers of new people have bought a licence since the new rules came into force" No that's just new immigrants applying for one thinking they need it.

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