The legal loophole that allowed many in the UK to watch catch up services on BBC iplayer for free is to be phased out. The Culture Secretary told MPs that the BBC taking over the £650m cost of the free licences ( for over 75s) would be phased in from 2018-19 with the corporation bearing the full cost by 2020-21.
The changeover will also affect many young persons who could access the content for free on their laptops and mobile devices. While this seems like a good idea to plug in the costs of BBC Services, it is unclear how the usage will be tracked and monitored. ( Accessing them on multiple user Wi-Fi’s?). Licence fees are currently charged per household rather than per user.