The UK government could make the BBC trial a new paid-for service on the iPlayer. Culture secretary John Whittingdale signaled last month that the government would rush through legislation to close the “iPlayer loophole” of licence non-payment. As well as telling the BBC to put password controls on the iPlayer, he will ask it to investigate a new offering in which viewers would pay for shows outside its traditional catch-up window, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Currently, programmes are only available for 30 days, after which viewers can download them from the BBC’s recently launched online content shop, BBC Store. The new service would allow them to pay and watch such shows via the iPlayer.