Paywall for iPlayer?

michael norman michaeltnorman at
Mon Jul 6 05:20:30 PDT 2015

On 07/06/2015 12:08 PM, Jim web wrote:
> In article
> <CANGN4UPV=DTYdAwn=_cRsNpAKuqF+Z6Lfb87YjK69qYWBy-kAw at>,
>     Shevek <shevek at> wrote:
>> Some more analysis:
> Personally, I'm happy to pay for iplayer access. Although I'd *prefer* that
> to be done via an extension (in legal terms) to requiring you buy a 'TV
> license'. So either covered by the UK license, and/or offerring a 'BBC
> iplayer license' for those outside the UK. The BBC needs to be funded to
> make the programmes, etc.
> The worry is if any system is limited in a way I'd find unreasonable. e.g.
> Only providing access by using a method that *only* works for a limited set
> of OSs like Windows/Mac. i.e. excluding the choice of Linux or other
> 'minority' preferences. Similar for anything that limits choice of software
> to some 'approved' closed source items on a magic list.
> And of course, radio doesn't require a license as things stand, even in the
> UK.
> Jim

A wider view perhaps from The Guardian

What happens to the BBC now will be interesting now the vandals are 
getting their hands on it.  I hope Hewlett is right that the BBC can 
find a way to limit the damage.

In the context of iPlayer I'd be happy to pay for it, but I am anyway. 
The issue is how do you make others who don't buy a tv licence pay for 
it too.  Nobody knows how many such people there might be.  The BBC 
solution would obviously be to expand the terms of the tv licence to 
cover such people.  I don't think that is going to happen, So that would 
leave, if iPlayer continues to a subscription service, which again would 
be the start of death of the BBC licence fee,  And you get another 
limited platform service like Netflix, which would probably lead to its 
privatisation to compete in the market.

Enjoy it while you can.


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