The BBC’s director of Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers told a Broadcasting Press Guild event yesterday that “if you are using the iPlayer you have to be a television licence fee payer,” according to The Daily Mail.
He continued “I don’t believe in a free ride. If you are consuming BBC services then you have to be a licence holder.”
There were some rumours that the BBC was planning to add iPlayer to the TV licence fee but this has been denied.
The BBC said in a statement: “These claims are completely false. The BBC has no plans for charges to use the iPlayer or changes to the licence fee. In any case changes to current arrangements would need to be made by Parliament.”
If the BBC were to charge for iPlayer as part of the TV licence fee I don’t think it’ll be such a bad thing as long as the fee is not astronomical.
I can see why they want to get a handle on those people that are using teh service without a TV licence and let’s be honest it’s so good that I don’t think the public would be too fussed if they paid a small fee. As long as the fee went back into further iPlayer investment.