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Message started by Bunter on Sep 4th, 2014 at 7:16am

Title: BBC Iplayer. Encryption.
Post by Bunter on Sep 4th, 2014 at 7:16am
Maybe not but they are thinking about it. I just thought it would be unworkable/enforceable. However lots of people in the UK some 500,000 are using the loophole of watching iplayer "I do not have a TV set" and thus evading the licence fee.I would think the BBC will find a way to block that loophole soonest.  >:(

BBC Director-General Tony Hall confirmed last month that the corporation is looking to close the loophole of online viewers of the BBC not paying the Licence Fee, by introducing a form of encryption at some point in the future. At present, to view live TV on iPlayer, all a person has to do is to state that they have a licence, whether or not that is true (no check is made). Geo-blocking is enforced, however, meaning only users who have a UK IP address can have access. In the run-up to the next licence fee negotiations the government, BBC management is trying to preserve the licence fee in its current form, rather than move to a subscription model, often proposed by its competitors and media organisations with vested interests, such as those who own both newspapers and TV channels.

Why it will "Not" happen....

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