THE BBC will force iPlayer users to sign in with a password from early next year ??to crack down on licence fee evaders.
From February people accessing the TV catch-up service will have to enter their name, email address and postcode, as well as a pass code.
And from today those who have already signed up will also have to re-register their details, which will include adding a postcode if aged over 18. Currently you only need your name, email and age when signing in.
It is thought the BBC may, in the months to come, also introduce the requirement to enter your TV Licence fee details, but this was not part of the announcement.
The corporation says the moves will allow increased ?쐏ersonalisation??for users of the service. But it is thought the moves would also make it easier to clamp-down on those avoiding licence fee payment.
While there is support for catching people that evade the TV tax, there are concerns from some that efforts to catch people could stray into the realms of snooping.
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The Government recently greenlit plans for the broadcaster to explore subscription services which would allow it to charge for some of its services.
BBC director general Tony Hall will reveal the plans today.
The corporation says the plans will help people find more of what they like and will make also make the BBC ?쐀etter informed??about future programming.
It has promised it will not be selling the data on to anyone and will only be used to improve the service and ?쐄ulfil its responsibilities??
WHAT DOES THE DG HAVE TO SAY?
Director-General Hall said: ?쏧 want everyone to get the very best from the BBC. By learning about what you want and like we can take you to more of the great programmes you love, stories you might be interested in and content you might otherwise never have discovered.
?쏷his is a real transformation – reinventing public service broadcasting for the digital age. Millions of people are already benefiting from this more personalised BBC, and by rolling it out for everyone no one will be left behind.??/p>