When the BBC first launched the iPlayer back in 2007 it was the start of a viewing revolution, yet its success means that many thousands of viewers are able to watch BBC programming on computers, smartphones, tables and now smart TV’s. Yet in a move that can been seen as a way of ensuring that users of the iPlayer have a TV Licence the BBC have announced that from early next year iPlayer users will be required to sign up for an account and login to use the iPlayer.
A BBC ID – which allows users to personalise BBC content such as online news – currently requires only an email address and password, though anyone wishing to comment on stories must also provide a date of birth.
Naturally, this could be seen as a way for the BBC to make sure that iPlayer users have a TV Licence, especially as TV Licensing will have access to the iPlayer userbase. However, according to the BBC the idea of creating a BBC ID is so that users are able to benefit from a more local and personalised service, although it also has to be mentioned that from this month anyone using the iPlayer service is required to have a current TV Licence!