TV license to watch iplayer!

(121 Posts)
flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:27:46

I can't believe it! Haven't had a tv license for over a decade (refuse to pay for Mostly crap telly so use catch up.
But now can't access iplayer without a license!
Thank God the Olympics & Fleabag have finished. Am I missing out by ditching the iplayer?
There's no way I'm getting a license. Is there a way around paying for a license I wonder? hmm

HorraceTheOtter Sat 03-Sep-16 16:32:36

No legal way around it other than watching things at license paying friends houses. I too have just given up iPlayer.

flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:40:18

Horace, lots of my daughters faves are on YouTube I've just noticed...
Think we're gonna be ok wink

PuppyMonkey Sat 03-Sep-16 16:41:54

Surprised it's taken them this long to make people pay tbh. Still, if you think it's mostly crap you won't miss it will you? confused

DoctorDonnaNoble Sat 03-Sep-16 16:42:53

Why don't you want to pay for programmes you enjoy. It's actually tremendously good value!

Brokenbiscuit Sat 03-Sep-16 16:44:58

I'm glad they have closed the loophole. If you don't think BBC programmes are worth the license fee, then you won't really miss them, will you?

flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:45:03

TV in general mostly crap I think. Iplayer one of the better channels. Already paying for netflix. That and tv license over £200 per year!
At least other channels still free grin

Gmbk Sat 03-Sep-16 16:47:12

If it's that shit why do you want it?

Can't stand this BBC hating. You do realised that part of the fee goes to itv, Channel 4 and channel 5?

You'll happily pay for Netflix though?!

allegretto Sat 03-Sep-16 16:47:25

I can't believe anyone would complain it's crap and ask how they can still see it without paying in the same post. grin

PuppyMonkey Sat 03-Sep-16 16:48:14

OP, iplayer is one of the better channels because it's made up of BBC programmes funded by the licence fee. hmm

NerrSnerr Sat 03-Sep-16 16:49:48

So it's crap and you don't want to pay but you want a way of getting round it? If you want to use a service then bloody pay for it like the rest of us.

TwentyCups Sat 03-Sep-16 16:50:39

I deleted I player when I first heard about this. Haven't actually watched anything on there for over a year anyway but fairs fair and I won't keep the app now anyway.
I do have Netflix, but it's roughly half the price per year of a to license. Couldn't afford both.

Brokenbiscuit Sat 03-Sep-16 16:51:09

OP, iplayer is one of the better channels because it's made up of BBC programmes funded by the licence fee.

Yes, but perhaps the OP wants the rest of us to fund the programmes that she would like to watch for free.

TwentyCups Sat 03-Sep-16 16:51:52

Also agree you shouldn't be looking for a way round it. Either you pay and watch, or you don't pay and go without. Nothing wrong with either of those things, each to their own.

flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:52:05

I said mostly crap.
Some stuff is great.
But not worth license fee IMHO.

Brokenbiscuit Sat 03-Sep-16 16:52:40

Totally fair enough to delete the app if you don't want to pay for it. What isn't fair is expecting to watch stuff without paying for it!

Breadwidow Sat 03-Sep-16 16:52:42

The TV licence fee funds all BBC services, including the radio and website which you can continue to use without paying. When you consider that it's pretty good vfm, but in my view all people who consume any part of the BBC's service should pay which means the only real solution is a universal levy like they have in Germany which would reduce collection costs and spread the cost amongst the whole population so the fee would reduce.

MinnowAndTheBear Sat 03-Sep-16 16:52:46

If you think the BBC is "one of the better channels" why don't you think it's worth paying for?
The lengths some people will go to to avoid the license fee is unbelievable.

flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:54:04

Twentycups, in same boat as you.

WordGetsAround Sat 03-Sep-16 16:55:56

We've not had a license for over 10 years and have just bought one on 1 Sep so we can watch Gardener's World and a few other things (but mainly for the DC to be able to watch cbbc and give us some peace!). As we listen to BBC radio all the time, it seems only fair that we are paying into the system.

flutterbybutterflies Sat 03-Sep-16 16:56:08

Minnow, would pay if I could afford it. Iplayer is getting deleted as I type.....

Gmbk Sat 03-Sep-16 16:57:34

I heard on radio 4 (ironically) that less than 5% of households don't pay for a TV license. It's great value for money, £12 per month for the website, iplayer, TV shows and radio.

To me Netflix is a lot more expensive when compared. Plus 99% of Netflix is shite.

SoupDragon Sat 03-Sep-16 16:58:11

About time too.

PuppyMonkey Sat 03-Sep-16 17:00:10

I'm sure they'll be devastated to see you go. grin

Enjoy YouTube and the four or five shows on Netflix worth watching.... wink

Brokenbiscuit Sat 03-Sep-16 17:01:32

Bread, I agree that people should have to pay for the website and the radio as well. Tbh, I'd be happy to pay the license fee for Radio 4 alone!

However, I'm not in favour of a universal levy, as I think people should have the right to opt out. I don't know if it's technically possible to charge for radio, I guess it's do-able for the website.

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