Anyone watching content on the BBC’s popular iPlayer service must have a valid TV Licence from September 1st.
Users were previously allowed to stream and download content after its transmission without holding a licence, however legal changes introduced by the government as part of its recent funding deal with the BBC have seen this so-called “loophole” closed.
As a result, anyone watching or listening to any content via iPlayer who doesn’t currently hold a TV Licence will now need to buy one.
The new law applies to watching iPlayer on all devices including a smart TV, desktop computer or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, digital box or games console.
A licence will be needed even if you access BBC iPlayer through another provider such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview or BT.
Pipa Doubtfire, Head of Revenue Management, said: “The change in law will help protect the BBC’s long term income as more viewers consume on-demand programmes and will ensure fairness for those already paying for BBC content.
“TV Licensing has carried out a targeted information campaign so those who are unlicensed will know about the change. In addition, an advisory notice will appear on BBC iPlayer from 1 September.”