Soon, you'll need a TV licence to watch catch-up

TV licence catch-up

Soon enough, you aren't going to be able to watch on-demand TV if you don't have a TV licence. If you don't have one, you will no longer be able to catch-up on shows on BBC's iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub, and whatever Channel 5 call theirs.

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has announced today that he is going to stop people from utilising the loophole.

This is not going to go down well, is it?

However, with the government going after the BBC, it isn't clear what this means exactly for the £145.50 licence fee, as Whittingdale said that is "likely to become less sustainable" long term.

As for the BBC Trust, Whittingdale has said that it will be abolished, and instead, the BBC will fall under the remit of Ofcom, who regulate all the other forms of media.

It looks like regulatory changes will be coming into play in 2019, as Whittingdale said that the current BBC chair, Rona Fairhead, will stay in her job until the end of 2018.

The licence fee is going to stick around for a while yet, and will increase with inflation until 2021/22.

Fire up the torrents and dodgy websites - looks like a good number of people are going to be catching up on terrestrial shows away from the catch-up services, or waiting to see if they appear on Netflix and the like.

1 comment

  • jsoap

    "All 4, ITV Hub, and whatever Channel 5 call theirs"

    really? what makes you think that then?

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