BBC iPlayer Announcement
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"From September, households will have to pay the annual £145.50 levy even if they did not watch or record live broadcasts. The so-called “iPlayer loophole”, named after the broadcaster’s pioneering online portal, is estimated to cost the corporation £150m annually.
Shifting viewing habits, including a rise in watching archived broadcasts via online streaming, was threatening to undermine the tax that funds the BBC. In July 2015, the BBC announced that its licence fee income by its 2016-17 financial year would fall £150m short of forecasts made in 2011 because “as more people rely on BBC iPlayer, mobiles and online-catch-up, the percentage of households owning televisions is falling faster than predicted”. As part of its latest funding settlement this year, the government agreed to allow the BBC to close the loophole."
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[MSz comment] We suspect that nothing will happen in the near future, rather the mechanism to manage this revenue stream will be slowly rolled out. Ultimately we would expect that all of the BBC iPlayer apps will be auto-updated at some point to steer you in the direction of inputting your TV licence number. So if you know someone in the UK who has a TV licence, time to give them a call. Alternatively why not invest in an Android set top box and subscribe to our Premium IPTV Service (more)?