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BBC iPlayer Password Controls: New registration and sign-in requirements explained



BBC iPlayer Password Controls: What you really need to know about iPlayer's new registration and sign-in requirements.

The days of being able to access BBC iPlayer on the sly without a TV licence are coming to an end, with the BBC now mandating the need to register and sign-in to access the on-demand service.

Previously, Brits had been able to skip the step if they were willing to risk the wrath of the law, but a number of users are now seeing a new notification, halting their progress to programming.

It reads: “You now need to sign in to watch. It's quick & easy. And we'll keep you signed in."

The sign-in process requires users to enter their details, making it easier for the BBC to identify viewers tuning into Eastenders or Match of the Day via the iPlayer, without having paid for a TV licence.

In a blog post last month, the company wrote: "The information you provide us with can help TV Licensing ensure that people are abiding by the law and minimise licence fee evasion.

"By matching email addresses we may be able to identify someone who has told us they don't need a TV licence while at the same time having signed in and watched iPlayer. So we will now use this alongside our existing enforcement techniques to help identify people who are watching licence fee-funded content without a licence.”

The Beeb has gradually been introducing measures to ensure only eligible users are accessing the iPlayer. It has also spent plenty of time cracking down on overseas use via VPN servers.

BBC isn’t making this solely about tracking down licence evaders, it is requesting sign-ins so it can customise the experience for viewers.

It says it hopes to make the service “more personal and relevant to you,” meaning it'll be collecting lots and lots of your data.

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Is the BBC within its rights to mandate iPlayer sign-ins? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


June 21, 2017, 7:42 am

Always pleased to see the BBC shoot itself in the foot. Time the licence fee rip-off was done away with entirely. How long would the BBC last on a subscription basis?


June 21, 2017, 8:11 am

I have no issue with the licence fee, it is money well spent. What I do take issue with is the BBC being privy to my viewing habits. So if they want to prevent dishonest viewers freeloading I'm OK with that, so long as they can come up with a system which prevents them from being able to track my viewing. I'm not sure how that could work, but some kind of token system which confirms my payment of the licence fee whilst dissociating my identity should be possible.


June 21, 2017, 10:18 am

Whats the 'blow', who are the 'evaders' & why are you pushing BBC TV Licensing PR?


June 21, 2017, 10:19 am

You have no issue because you are a leftist parasite who enjoys having millions of people forced to fund your leftist propaganda, a selfish parasite.

Mario Miniaci

June 21, 2017, 1:04 pm

Back to your cave, troll. Don't worry, I'm sure you can watch your Sky sports in there.


June 21, 2017, 3:30 pm

I chose not to have Sky, never have unlike your fascist friends who demand everyone funds them. You wont get Sky sending goons knocking demanding they get paid even if you don't have Sky..........sad pathetic loser


June 21, 2017, 5:51 pm

Well you would would not get The lunatic lefties subscribing because they know the BBC scripts off by heart there written and published in the Guardian.

Mario Miniaci

June 22, 2017, 2:33 pm

Such verbal talent. Since you already pay for the BBC, perhaps you should watch it and improve your lexicon. Without a public broadcaster, all media will be funded by vested interests - advertisers, media barons, whatever. If you don't use Sky or the BBC, what do you use? Or do you simply not bother with TV?
What I would agree with is that the TV License should be handled centrally and not as individual licenses - just added admin costs really.


June 23, 2017, 4:58 pm

That would be like asking someone to read the Guardian. I worry about you losers, what will you do when the BBC TV Licence is abolished, you clearly object to funding it by yourselves...........the only media 'baron' in this country is your beloved BBC

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