TV licence loophole closes for iPlayer

Anyone who uses BBC's iPlayer service must now own a TV licence, even if they do not watch programmes live, as new rules come into effect today.

The new rules are to close the iPlayer loophole whereby only users who were watching live streams of BBC content required an annual licence, which costs £145.50.

It applies to all devices used to access iPlayer, including laptops, smartphones, tablets, TV streaming devices and through third-party services such as Sky, BT or Virgin.

A TV Licensing spokesman said: "We know the vast majority of people are law abiding and would anticipate those who need a licence for the first time will buy one.

"We have a range of enforcement techniques which we will use and these have already allowed us to prosecute people who watch on a range of devices, not just TVs."

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