A change in the law - TV Licence needed for BBC iPlayer

Wednesday 10-08-2016 - 14:06

Thousands of students are to be affected by changes to the TV Licence law that come into effect on 1 September.

Changes to the law mean that 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.

The changes will come in to effect from 1 September and apply to all devices, including smart TVs, desktop computers or laptops, mobile phones, tablets, digital boxes and games consoles.

Even if you access BBC iPlayer through another provider, such as Sky, Virgin Media, Freeview or BT, you must have a TV Licence.

As before, you still need a TV Licence to watch or record any live TV on any channel, no matter what device you use.

Students are one of the groups that will be most affected by this change in the law so you may wish to promote the change on your campus using the BBC's promotional flyer, which you can download here.

For more details, go to


Campaigns, Features, Welfare

Related Tags :

More NUS connect Articles

More Articles...