Within the next few weeks the BBC is planning to introduce password protection to iPlayer. The system is intended to prevent people from using the streaming TV catch-up service without paying a licence fee.

The corporation says that it does not plan to introduce “mass surveillance techniques or ask internet providers for IP addresses,” but is merely interested in ensuring people comply with the law. The system should also help the BBC to reduce the number of people from outside the UK using iPlayer for free.

Source: BBC to clamp down on licence fee avoidance by requiring password for iPlayer