This BBC TV Licensing surveillance van was spotted patrolling the St Augustine's Ward of Penarth last week.

This BBC TV Licensing surveillance van was spotted on August 11th patrolling the St Augustine’s Ward of Penarth

BBC Television Licensing vans have been spotted in Penarth – as new regulations come into force as from today requiring all people who watch tv programmes on iPlayer via computers or other devices to hold full TV licences.

The vans appear to be pinpointing addresses for which there is no record of a TV licence. They pause outside the address – possibly checking for the wi-fi radio signals emitted by all wireless internet hubs. Each check takes only 30 seconds.

If there is no valid TV licence on record for the premises BBC TV licence investigators will call to interview the householder

The BBC Licensing vans  are – controversially – indulging in what is classed as “covert surveillance”. The Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office says “where the BBC still suspects that an occupier is watching live television but not paying for a licence, it can send a detection van to check whether this is the case. TVL detection vans can identify viewing on a non‐TV device in the same way that they can detect viewing on a television set. BBC staff were able to demonstrate this to my staff in controlled conditions sufficient for us to be confident that they could detect viewing on a range of non‐TV devices”.

The new rules covering the so-called “iPlayer loophole“, came into effect this morning . Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were actually being broadcast required a licence. That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via the catch-up service without paying the annual £145.50 licence fee.

The new  rules are expected to affect younger people who are judged to be more likely to watch tv programmes on smartphones or tablets than via traditional television sets.

The BBC says “The vast majority of households – around 94% – are already licensed so this change will not affect them. ”




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  1. Mark Foster says:

    To paraphrase Nigel Farage about Hilary Clinton “I wouldn’t watch the British Bullshit Corporation if you paid me”, but if I did I would:

    1. Get a VPN service and use a UK server which doesn’t keep logs so you make the BBC think you are in the UK but stop them identifying you through your IP address.
    2. Use a wired connection to your laptop and switch off the wireless component of the router so there is no wireless signal emitted from your house for their vans to detect.
    3. Don’t answer the door when they knock or tell them they will have to show good cause and get a search warrant to enter your premises.

    The BBC is doctoring its website TV and iPlayer to include covert codes that can be identified in their internet transmissions so their wireless vans can identify people who watch BBC TV over the net. It is the only internet service in the world which is doing this. The fundamentally evil British democratic political parties long since bought and corrupted by foreigners is now using the heinous Investigatory Powers Act ostensibly to combat terrorism to identify people who want to get publicly available TV news via their ISP address.

    Enough is enough. The British monarchy really must start by refusing to renew the BBC Royal Charter this December. Better to act now rather than suffer the same fate as their close relatives in the Ekaterinburg cellar 100 years ago.

  2. Colin Davies says:

    apparently it’s fine as long as a parent or guardian has a TV license and you are watching on a device running on batteries such as a table or an unplugged laptop… allegedly…

  3. Christopher David says:

    And poor students that never watch BBC gat criminalised. I’m a fan of the BBC but there is a moral problem with our system.

  4. Andrew Worsley says:

    The Big Brother Corporation ……..known as the BBC is now running a ‘protection racket’ to protect its own agenda , it does not mind paying out millions to talentless individuals such as Johnathon Ross , £9 million a year last I heard and for what , I could train a duck to do his job!! And don’t mention Jimmy Saville that well loved character that had no talent but the BBC fixed it for him to get wealthy all the same. Now the BBC is losing money through the iPlayer so are now going to ‘SEND THE BOYS ROUND’ to get you to pay up , so they can continue to produce rubbish a use YOUR MONEY to do it with . The other day I heard a programme on Radio 4 about British prisons, this was done over 2 or 3 programmes and guess who they invited to narrate the programmes ?? WAIT FOR IT !!! Jaqui Smith, yes JAQUI SMITH the very same corrupt ex MP and Minster of Justice, who stole from the public, had to apologise to Parliament and was finally dumped by the voters . To the BBC of course she was the ideal person to do a programme on prison reform!! , and you can bet your sweet life they paid her a hefty fee to do it .
    Deselected or disgraced MP no problem contact the BBC we will find a niche for you , after all we did it for Portillo and others . Remember they are the ‘good guys’ who know talent when they see it Savile being the ultimate yardstick. I have yet to discover just what David Badeills talent is , and I have yet to recognise the same in Frank Skinner??? and they are not the only ones. Skinners programme is called ‘By Demand’ of course the Beeb had to give it that title no one else would have as its stretching the imagination too far !. ? So the refuge of the scoundrel and the talentless (its who you know in the Corporation! !) the BBC is now going to ‘bother’ people who don’t own or want a TV. Well done the BBC, and the ‘heavies’ or ‘the boys’ known as the TV Licensing Authority can pursue their ‘protection money’ reign of fear.

  5. Peter Church says:

    I would sooner see ITV or Sky go bust than lose the BBC.
    After all I don’t have a choice when it comes to paying for ITV/Sky as its added to every product/service I buy, called the general Ad tax!
    I do however have a choice about paying for the BBC.

    As the say in ITV land. “your never more than 10 minutes from and ad break!”
    Dreadful chavvy channel IMHO

  6. Andrew Worsley says:

    I will be glad when everybody has bought enough of what they need and then we can do away with advertising altogether . I mean how many things do you need to buy for heavens sake??????????????? lol………..joking before the Humour Bypass Brigade join in of which Penarth is their stronghold..

  7. Chris Shamb says:

    Hahaha, a hoax worthy of April fools day!!!

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