BBC iPlayer - Licence fee for PCs?

#1
So the BBC have finally launched their iPlayer

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6916164.stm

How long before you have to pay a licence fee for all Inet capable PCs?

This idea has already been suggested in Germany (not sure if it is going ahead or not), so I reckon it won't take long before all PCs will need a licence.
 

oldbaldy

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#2
Has anyone got it yet?
 
#3
I've been using the beta for a couple of months. It's ok, You can download a selelction of programmes from the website up to seven days after they have been shown on the telly.

Personally I think the article is rubbish - You tube cannot compete with this service.
 
#5
Can you get iPlayer from the BBC - at present it's completely free, and if it doesn't restrict by country, you'll have access to Brit TV.
 
#6
I need broadband first. You wouldn't believe the internet here. Telstra is the Aussie BT and is 100 times more anti-competition.

It's like stepping back in time! But at least it's sunny.

:)
 
#8
Available overseas through a subscription service, I believe.
 
#10
I signed up for the beta project last Friday and received log in details yesterday. It will be a service I will make much use of as BBC content is unrivaled anywhere in the world.

As for a licence fee for internet capable pc's then the BBC and microsoft need to get their house in order re digital rights management. I would happily pay a reasonable fee to allow me unfettered access to BBC material

Within 30 minutes of installing it and downloading and within one search term and 3 mouse clicks I found the software that removes the time restrictions on the mpeg files.
 
#11
vandyke said:
What about me, I pay a tv licence for 12 months but spend 6 months of the year overseas will i be expected to pay twice?
All UK licence fee payers should have some sort of PIN that lets them use it from any IP address.

Dont hold your breath though.
 
#12
This story puts me in mind of all that oul shite they wheel out every few years re: multiple TVs requiring multiple licences, even though they're all in one house. Personally, I'd be fcuked as I have 7 TVs and 5 computers. Not gonna happen. Joe Public wouldn't wear it.

Where would this end, though? I can watch live TV on my moble phone, and it's obviously going to be a whole lot of places. Am I going to have to ask someone for their TV licence before I go into their house?

The BBC can go fcuk itself up the arrse as far as I'm concerned.
 

Sixty

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#13
Having looked at it you need to use Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. No Firefox or RealPlayer support at all.

Looks like I won't be using it as I refuse to inflict that cr@p on my machine.
 
#14
SauceDoctor said:
This story puts me in mind of all that oul shite they wheel out every few years re: multiple TVs requiring multiple licences, even though they're all in one house. Personally, I'd be fcuked as I have 7 TVs and 5 computers. Not gonna happen. Joe Public wouldn't wear it.

Where would this end, though? I can watch live TV on my moble phone, and it's obviously going to be a whole lot of places. Am I going to have to ask someone for their TV licence before I go into their house?

The BBC can go fcuk itself up the arrse as far as I'm concerned.
I heard talk a few years ago of some sort of tax on PC's in the future to make up for the loss of licence fee revenue when it finally goes within a decade.
 
#15
SauceDoctor said:
Where would this end, though? I can watch live TV on my moble phone, and it's obviously going to be a whole lot of places. Am I going to have to ask someone for their TV licence before I go into their house?
No as long as you dont plug it in, as licence fee rules only apply to devices running off mains.
 
#17
geezer466 said:
I signed up for the beta project last Friday and received log in details yesterday. It will be a service I will make much use of as BBC content is unrivaled anywhere in the world.

As for a licence fee for internet capable pc's then the BBC and microsoft need to get their house in order re digital rights management. I would happily pay a reasonable fee to allow me unfettered access to BBC material

Within 30 minutes of installing it and downloading and within one search term and 3 mouse clicks I found the software that removes the time restrictions on the mpeg files.
Any chance of a heads up?
 
#18
Had a discussion many moons ago about license fees & net visitors to the BBC. The consensus of opinion was there should be a log in which allows those who supply their valid license details to log in at no charge and those who don't (i.e. overseas peeps) to pay a reduced fee for each visit.
 
#19
tothepubandbeyond said:
SauceDoctor said:
Where would this end, though? I can watch live TV on my moble phone, and it's obviously going to be a whole lot of places. Am I going to have to ask someone for their TV licence before I go into their house?
No as long as you dont plug it in, as licence fee rules only apply to devices running off mains.
Then they can't get me for the laptop, or the server I have either. The server is plugged into a UPS, which is technically a battery.

Like I said, fcuk the BBC!
 
#20
Mikal said:
Had a discussion many moons ago about license fees & net visitors to the BBC. The consensus of opinion was there should be a log in which allows those who supply their valid license details to log in at no charge and those who don't (i.e. overseas peeps) to pay a reduced fee for each visit.
How could that work? A TV licence is issued (generally) for an address and so there could be any number of people using the same licence.
 
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