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More than 80 per cent of Brits are unaware that the rules governing the TV licence are about to change, according to a study.

At the moment, you only need a TV licence if you're watching live TV, whether it's through an aerial or through the BBC iPlayer service. But from September 1st, this will change, and you'll need a licence if you watch iPlayer at all.

Under the new rules, you'll need a licence fee regardless how you access iPlayer, be it through a games console, smartphone, streaming box, smart TV, laptop or any other device.

The government will implement this change because the so-called 'iPlayer loophole' has been costing the Beeb a lot of lost revenue. People have been happy to only watch catch-up or on-demand, and hence save themselves paying the £145-a-year licence fee.

A poll conducted by Broadband Genie says that 82 per cent of Brits are unaware of the impending rule change.

More than 25 million TV licences were issued in 2015, so most households will be covered. If yours isn't, you'd better sort it before September 1st.

Source: Broadband Genie

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