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Internet 'freedoms' Not So Much Anymore

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Need TV licence for BBC Iplayer;


From 1 September 2016 you will need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. This applies to any device and provider you use.

10 years for internet pirates


Mandatory age checks for pr0n



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Needing a licence for iPlayer seems reasonable enough, and I'd have thought that that would be popular here if it's the first step on a path to a subscription-based BBC. The other stuff sounds like the usual over the top crap that's either / and unjustifiable, completely out of proportion, won't work in practice, or is covered by existing legislation anyway.

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They've brought that in quickly. Good.

My main use of it is for radio programmes which are exempt.

And hopefully they do it as a paywall rather than trying to entrap people to raise fines.

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I have no problem with the BBC seeking a license for Iplayer watchers. I watched aliens last night via amazon prime (rent, free credits) and it was seamless.

I have a problem if a country (Germany already?) forces a license for internet access which is a regressive tax against the poorer sections of the community.

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