The government is looking to integrate the BBC iPlayer and its kin into the TV Licence. The plans that will mean anyone watching terrestrial catch-up services will require a licence, regardless of TV-ownership.
Currently the BBC's iPlayer is part-funded by the licence fee with 66p per licence spent on the streaming service. You could be forgiven for already thinking that you had to have a TV Licence to watch catch-up streaming, but under the current implementation that's not the case if you don't own a TV, tuner card or similar terrestrial broadcast receiving equipment.
In all likelihood, anyone actually watching iPlayer and the alike services from ITV, Channel 4 and Five, will already have a TV and therefore a licence; but its good to see the government is at least a little forward thinking. After all, TV streaming is set to get a big kick-up-the-arse with the broadcaster-backed YouView launching next year. [The Guardian via TechRadar]