As from 1st September 2016 those who only watch catch up TV via I PLAYER will require a TV licence. The new legislation covers those who use laptops,phones,tablets, streaming devices and game consoles, and those using third party services such as Sky, Virgin or BT. The new legislation only applies to BBC programmes so anyone sticking to services from other channels will not require a licence.
It's amazing to see how fast the politicians can pass legislation through when it's something they want done.
The days of paying billions to a state owned company that sells its product all over the World at the T.V. Licence payer's expense should stop. This 'company' is able to financially support itself, if it didn't spend the revenue so recklessly. A case in point would be the BILLION pounds for the new broadcasting house, to name just one.
BBC Annual report 2013-2014 License fee revenue £3,722 million.
I'm surprised that the government hasn't sold this of yet.
There must be a very,very big pension pot for all those exec's.
I always thought you had to have a licence anyway to watch BBC IPlayer. I would rather scrap the licence fee and the BBC make its own money through advertising or sponsorship of programmes.
At the moment you only need a licence to watch live broadcasts but that will change on the 1st September.
Ah! Thanks leatash :-)
No the new legislation is for those who only watch there programing via iplayer and dont watch live TV.