The BBC is to introduce password protection for certain iPlayer programmes, after the Government gave the green light for a trial paid-for online services.
The change is expected to come into force by February 2017.
Under current arrangements iPlayer users are able to register on the website in order to receive a more personalised service. More than 7 million users are currently registered in this way.
The BBC hopes the new system will allow better tracking of iPlayer users, which in turn will assist with the development of future programming.
There are no plans, at the moment, to tie a user's personal details to their TV licence. That being the case, it could not be used to assist with enforcement of the TV licence fee. Anyone registering for the new service will have to enter their name, email address and post code only. The BBC has given assurances that it would never share users' personal details with any third party.
Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, said: "I want everyone to get the very best from the BBC. By learning about what you want and like we can take you to more of the great programmes you love, stories you might be interested in and content you might otherwise never have discovered.
"This is a real transformation - reinventing public service broadcasting for the digital age. Millions of people are already benefiting from this more personalised BBC, and by rolling it out for everyone no one will be left behind."
There is no legal requirement for anyone to give legitimate information during the iPlayer registration process, so we'd encourage the use of imaginary names and the post codes of BBC or TV Licensing related properties.
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