New taxation rules come into force for watching BBC iPlayer

TV licence iPlayer rules come into force

TV viewers are being reminded that all users of the iPlayer must now own a TV licence, regardless of whether or not they watch programmes live.

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The new rules, which will close the so-called “iPlayer loophole”, have come into effect this morning.

Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence.

That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via the catch-up service without paying the annual £145.50 fee.

The change comes after the government said it wanted to modernise the current system, so those watching catch-up TV do not get “a free ride”.