BBC iPlayer users in the UK will need a valid licence to use the service from September 1, even if they don’t have a TV and only watch online via a laptop or mobile.
Specifically, you still don’t need a licence to watch other on-demand services like Netflix or other terrestrial broadcasters’ digital platforms, like ITV Player.
The £145-per-year BBC TV licence is only currently needed for those who watch live television, but the changes mean that anyone who chooses not to buy a licence can no longer legally watch BBC programmes live or programmes on demand, including watching BBC iPlayer through another provider such as Sky or Virgin.
Local Lib Dem campaigner Bob Sullivan said, “I don’t want people to get caught out by this change. If you don’t pay this license fee and continue to use iplayer, you could face a £1,000 fine.”
“Please don’t forget that when you reach the age of 75, you can apply for a free over 75 TV Licence. They last 3 years and will be sent out provided you give them your national insurance number.
“There are also other times you might be able to get money back on the £145.50 – for example if you’re a student you can get a £37 refund if you are home for the summer.”