BBC iPlayer users will need to buy a TV licence

An overhaul of the BBC's charter means iPlayer viewers will now require a TV licence.
An overhaul of the BBC's charter means iPlayer viewers will now require a TV licence.

People who watch TV using the BBC's iPlayer, rather than viewing 'live', will no longer be exempt from needing a licence.

A valid licence will be required to watch the BBC’s catch-up service, closing a loophole which previously allowed viewers an excuse for having a TV without paying the £145 annual fee.

Previously a licence was only required to watch live programming on iPlayer.

But the renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter has put a stop to this free viewing of all material.

However, the changes do not affect radio shows, and other non-BBC catch-up services such as All 4 (Channel 4) or the ITV Hub.