Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

TV license fee

Prompted by this post by gonzo21, and unfortunately by me having missed the news about the latest TV license nonsense for one reason and another, I've just sent this to the Evening Standard, who I suspect will ignore it.

I notice that there is talk of funding the over 75 TV service by charging for access to BBC iPlayer. This leads to some obvious questions - how will the money be collected, and how will those who already pay the license fee be affected? Will it be necessary to enter your license number and a password - which isn't possible with the iPlayers built into most smart TVs?

If not, who will fund a system to track down every person who looks at the iPlayer site and make sure that they have paid their fee? This is especially likely to apply in the case of mobile users, since they will probably be accessing via a service provider that isn't linked to their TV license.

The current system monitors if you have accessed iPlayer from inside the UK, which seems fair enough. Tracking it down to an individual address / person would be a nightmare; expensive, prone to error, probably easily hacked, and possibly illegal under the Data Protection Act.

This needs to be ruled out before serious money is wasted on trying to make it work.

And yes, I do pay the license fee.

Anyone started up any petitions about this yet?

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