BBC iPlayer is an internet streaming catchup television and radio service for people in the United Kingdom. The service is available on a wide range of devices, including mobile phones and tablets, personal computers, and smart televisions. Neither the iPlayer services nor the individual TV programmes display any commercial advertising. The terms BBC iPlayer, iPlayer, and BBC Media Player all refer to the same services.
iPlayer shows you all the BBC shows you know and love. Programmes are generally available for up to 30 days after broadcast. The guys behind iPlayer seem to want to make the service available on almost every device, and you’d be hard pressed to find a cord cutting device that doesn’t support iPlayer. You didn’t used to need a TV licence to watch iPlayer, but the laws have changed and you now do need a licence. You’ll may soon need to put your post code and date of birth in to access iPlayer, but those rules haven’t come in yet.
The odds of you being prosecuted if you don’t watch live TV and don’t have a TV licence are low, but we think you should get a TV licence anyway – the BBC produces some of the worlds best content, and some of the worlds most reliable news, and some of it would not exist if the BBC needed to cater to commercial interests. Its worth the cost for David Attenborough docs alone!