Will Budget result in having to pay for BBC iPlayer?
The BBC it appears may find itself having to fund the free TV licences for over-75s' if the Budget on Wednesday decides to save £650m from the Department of Works and Pension budget by shifting responsibility to the BBC.
So why the headline to this article? Well as many people have already figured out that as more people switch to watching BBC content when its NOT live via BBC iPlayer they do not have to pay for a TV Licence and it appears the BBC is considering charging for access to iPlayer, essentially meaning you need a TV Licence to even watch catch-up content.
How exactly this would be policed is difficult to say, but one can only presume that you will end-up having to register your TV Licence for various devices and only then will you be allowed access. Of course with a decent amount of BBC content already ending on services like Netflix some may simply decide to wait that bit longer, or just no watch the content.
Update 4pm The Culture Secretary has confirmed changes in who pays for the free TV Licences for over 75s'. It also appears that charging for catch-up services is to be brought forward. We will see if there is a definitive statement available.