View Full Version : Does BBC Iplayer require a TV Licence in the UK?

30th July 2011, 08:46 AM
Yes and no is the strange answer to that seemingly simple question.

According to the TV Licencing authority, if you use iPlayer to watch TV programmes at the same time as they are being shown on TV - such as live sporting events - then you need to be covered by a valid TV licence.

However, if you use the service to watch programmes after they have been broadcast, either as downloads or via streaming on-demand, then you do not need a licence

There is no licence fee in Spain. The Spanish public broadcaster, RTVE and its La1 and La 2 and Teledeporte, as all supported by taxes on the privte commercial broadcasters

3rd August 2011, 10:47 AM
Simply no.

No License fee is required for the new "Global" BBC Iplayer that is now available in 11 European countries

The BBC Iplayer "European Version" app is free on Ipads.

But the service requries a subsription - €6.99 per month or a one-year subscription of €49.99

The Global BBC Iplayer is operated by BBC Worldwide and a UK TV License is not required..just the subsciption.
The Global BBC Iplayer does not offer any LIVE content, just a catchup TV service.