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bah, there goes my plans of not buying a tv licence when i move out coz i only watch a few programs that I can get on iplayer/4OD anyway
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It's unenforceable, and, as the article points out, there are no plans for it to happen despite what Huggers thinks.
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It's very, very easily enforceable. You just need to ensure that people who use it have made an account with iPlayer, like with 4OD, in which their license fee code has been used to activate it. Enforceability is a non-issue.
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Hmm, I'd be happy to pay a reduced iPlayer-only fee, (like with other pay-websites where you have to log in etc), but only if it's accessible abroad as well.
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Back to the Bay I go.
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(Original post by cactussed)
I back that. After all, the cost of maintaining the iPlayer service is pretty high I'd imagine. And it costs to make the programmes they put on iPlayer. If other people who watch it "live" should pay the licence fee, then everyone should.
They already do pay a kind of license fee with having to pay for broadband!
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How many people would scrap their tele and paying TV license because they could watch it online?
An insignificant amount is what.
He should shut up.
And stop causeing a stupid inconvinience...
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(Original post by FyreFight)
It's very, very easily enforceable. You just need to ensure that people who use it have made an account with iPlayer, like with 4OD, in which their license fee code has been used to activate it. Enforceability is a non-issue.
But you could give your code out to anyone so that would be pretty useless.
Will each member of your household have a separate account?
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FFS... we have to pay for EVERYTHING
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(Original post by silent ninja)
But you could give your code out to anyone so that would be pretty useless.
Will each member of your household have a separate account?

It's not useless at all - password-locked accounts requiring product code activation is the basis upon which Steam, one of the most successful products in the video game industry, is built, and is similar to the massively profitable iTunes. Yes, there are always going to be people who break the EULA, but if that were a decent argument for scrapping the idea entirely then the people behind these services should give up on their multi-million dollar enterprises and go home.


Why would each member require a seperate account? Just enable the household computer(s), exactly like iTunes does with downloaded music.
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(Original post by FyreFight)
It's not useless at all - password-locked accounts requiring product code activation is the basis upon which Steam, one of the most successful products in the video game industry, is built, and is similar to the massively profitable iTunes. Yes, there are always going to be people who break the EULA, but if that were a decent argument for scrapping the idea entirely then the people behind these services should give up on their multi-million dollar enterprises and go home.


Why would each member require a seperate account? Just enable the household computer(s), exactly like iTunes does with downloaded music.
You should have access from anywhere, whether at home or at a public terminal at work or school.
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(Original post by silent ninja)
You should have access from anywhere, whether at home or at a public terminal at work or school.

Why? That's not how the License Fee works. A single license covers a single premises.
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(Original post by FyreFight)
Why? That's not how the License Fee works. A single license covers a single premises.
But the internet is accessed from everywhere!
I dont know the user agreement in detail, but I wouldn't think the iPlayer is strictly for use at the premises for which the tv license covers.
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The amount of greed in our society is ridiculous. Nothing on the BBC is worth paying for anyway
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(Original post by silent ninja)
I think some of you are misreading this thread: the chief is saying iPlayer should be accessible only to current TV license holders. He is not calling for an additional fee. I would never pay that.
Shhh you'll spoil their irrational complaining
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(Original post by Meus)
The amount of greed in our society is ridiculous. Nothing on the BBC is worth paying for anyway
Surely it's also greedy to expect it for free?

I think it makes perfect sense that you should require a TV license to watch iPlayer. The only reason you don't is a technicality. The TV license laws were made before the internet was widely available. They just don't make sense in todays climate because things are moving away from broadcast TV. And programs being broadcast as opposed to being played on demand is the whole basis of the TV license.
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Still dont know why we are forced to subscribe to this premium set of channels... i swear the adult channel is cheaper for a year subscription and thats better content lol

If iplayer goes pay then there will be a bit of a rise of other sites streaming and a bit more illegal downloads... its not gonna make them much more money really
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I am NOT paying:rant:
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i find it a bit bad when everybody has to pay £140 or whatever it is these days - yet you have lots of people like students just watching it all for free online - you cannot deny it isnt fair.

Why not do a little advert at the start of every video. It isnt fair that tv watchers are forced to fund a website like the BBC - with all the content on it - its not as if it is cheap to maintain
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