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Sunday, 1 January 2017

BBC iPlayer Licence Holders Disadvantaged

The Communications (Television Licensing)(Amendment) Regulations 2016 - legislation designed to close the so-called iPlayer loophole - came into force on 1st September 2016.

Henceforth a TV licence is required by anyone intending to watch or download "on-demand programmes services which are provided by the BBC". In simple terms that means any visual programme available on the BBC iPlayer.

As we said at the time, the new legislation is ill-conceived, poorly written and thoroughly unenforceable. Despite our reservations we reiterated our stance that the law is the law and it should be complied with. That being the case, anyone watching or downloading on-demand programmes from the BBC iPlayer should be correctly licensed to do so.

Many people that only use the BBC iPlayer went out and bought a TV licence so they could continue downloaded and watching online without falling foul of the new legislation. Over the past week several people in that situation, who only use the BBC iPlayer, have contacted us to complain about how they have been unable to watch or download programmes broadcast by the BBC over the festive period. In particular, it would appear that the BBC does not have the rights to make many of the films it has broadcast available on-demand via the BBC iPlayer.

We agree that it is grossly unfair that BBC iPlayer users are being forced to pay for a full array of BBC services, which they are clearly not receiving.

In response to the new legislation, which the BBC fought tooth-and-nail for, the Corporation should be negotiating terms with its suppliers that allow online viewers the same experience as those viewing by conventional means.

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MawKernewek said...

Where do you stand now if you download a program via iPlayer while at TV licenced premises onto a laptop, but watch it somewhere that doesn't?

Admin said...

If you download it somewhere that is licensed, then that is within the law. If you stuck to that story, then TV Licensing would never be able to prove otherwise.

MawKernewek said...

To reduce to the absurd, assume this is a student flat that has a licence covering the living room, but not the individual student bedrooms. The student is legal if they download from iPlayer to laptop in the living room, but not if they do so in their bedroom?
This is still the case if it is the same internet connection, same wifi router?
What if they walk carrying the laptop while the download is in progress? This assuming they are either plugged into the mains, or don't have a licence at a non-term time address.

Maryon Jeane said...

But what about the fact that taxpayers are paying a proportion of their taxes to the BBC? Shouldn't we be given at least some small return on these taxes? Say, for example, the right to watch some of the offerings on the BBC iPlayer?