BBC iPlayer users to pay licence fee from September


The BBC will make it illegal for users to access the BBC iPlayer without a valid TV licence, from 1st September.

According to BBC News, the government wanted to modernise the current system so catch-up content is also included in the �145.50 annual fee.

A spokesperson for TV licensing told MediaGuardian, ���As of 1 September 2016, a change in the law means you need to be covered by a TV licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand ��� including catchup TV ��� on BBC iPlayer. This applies to all devices. The change will not affect the huge majority of households which are already licensed.

���Fewer than 2% of households only watch catchup ��� and only those watching BBC iPlayer as part of their catchup and on-demand viewing will need to buy a licence from September. You will not need a TV licence to download or watch programmes on demand from other providers, such as YouTube, Netflix, ITV Hub, All 4 or Demand 5. All unlicensed households are being mailed and a publicity campaign will happen before 1 September.�۝

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