The BBC have got themselves a change in the law to charge a licence fee if you use internet devices to watch BBC’s on-demand and catch up content. This was originally written before I restated my No TV declaration. Their web site makes it clear that mobile devices are covered by any licence paid irrespective of the billing address. Before discovering this, I was considering writing a browser extension to warn when accessing iplayer’s tv sub site, but I came to the conclusion that it will be better to program the hub to block the iplayer site. Here are my notes.
- BBC iPlayer ‘loophole’ to be closed soon, says culture secretary reported by …er!… the BBC
- Television licensing in the United Kingdom at wikipedia, which says that portable devices are covered for use anywhere by a licence at an other address. If so, I don’t need to do anything.
- The Register reconstructs the Telegraph’s project fear piece on a new “Detector Van” technology which allegedly sniffs the encrypted Wi-Fi signals; they recommend using a Ethernet cable. (After paying the licence obviously).
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