From September 1st there are going to be some huge changes to how BBC iPlayer works in the UK.
This change is a result of a new law that will be active from September 1st onwards, requiring anyone who wants to watch BBC iPlayer to have a TV Licence, no matter what device they are watching it on.
This will include any BBC curated content that is on catch-up services from the likes of Sky, Virgin, BT and more. It may be slightly annoying for some users, however, it is definitely something that us Brits have expected for some time now, since the only reason you could before was due to a loophole.
That loophole is now being closed.
If you don’t already have a TV license then you will have to pick one up from September 1st. It costs £145.50 per year, but it can be paid via installments over a 12 month period.
TV licensing explained more:
From 1 September 2016 you will need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This applies to any device and provider you use.
Don’t forget, you still need a TV Licence to watch or record programmes on any channel as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. So, if you already have a TV Licence on 1 September, you’re already covered.
You can also read more at the source link below.
Source: TV Licensing