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Published 13/09/2016

We should congratulate the BBC on closing the legal loophole which has previously allowed the small minority of households to watch its iPlayer without that illustrious document, the television licence.

In particular, we should commend them for the means by which they are enforcing this law, in that every iPlayer viewer, in affirmative response to the question of current licence possession, is immediately given passage to the desired viewing content, without requiring confirmatory current licence details.

However, it was rather disappointing to see that, for those who must now purchase a licence, the BBC does not include an option recognising those whose only desire is to watch iPlayer in monochrome: iPlayer viewers for whom a colour licence is clearly inappropriate - although this omission represents a further loophole that should promptly be addressed.


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