Feb 062018

Westminster recently closed the iPlayer ‘loophole’ that allowed you to watch BBC catch-up TV without paying the TV tax. However, I discovered that the loophole was not closed for Welsh language channel S4C which is available on iPlayer. Here is an extract from the Official TV Licensing website

Do I need a TV Licence for all on demand programmes?

No. You don’t need a licence if you only ever watch on demand or catch up programmes on services other than BBC iPlayer* (and you also never watch live TV programmes on any channel, including on iPlayer).

You don’t need to be covered by a licence to watch any films or TV shows that you buy online.

*You don’t need a licence to watch S4C TV on demand or listen to radio on iPlayer. You also don’t need one to watch films or TV shows on iPlayer that you’ve bought on the BBC Store.

Unfortunately, you do need a licence for the Scottish language channel BBC Alba. Broadcasting and propaganda legislation is reserved to Westminster so I am sure our Scottish Secretary is doing his utmost to right this injustice. Why not drop him a line and ask for an update? His contact details and email address are here.


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