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He said he would fast-track the change through by the end of May by using so-called secondary legislation, which does not require lengthy Parliamentary debates. Closing the iPlayer loophole will mean viewers will no longer be able to access the site, pictured today, without a TV licence.

Viewers suggested the BBC only charge for the programmes they watch while others called for the corporation to put its whole catalogue online if it starts charging for the iPlayer. The BBC today backed the proposed law change. One viewer, Kevin Watkins, said on Twitter: Why not just charge me a subscription fee for the stuff. Another raised doubts over the BBC's ability to enforce the online charge.

And Daniel Barnes said the move would drive him to other online streaming services. The crackdown will affect almost 1. Students and other young people are thought to be the main culprits — effectively relying on older generations to subsidise their viewing.

The BBC could use different methods to police online viewers. Strictly Come Dancing has been a huge hit for the BBC but prompted concern from some it damaged commercial outlets. Mr Whittingdale insisted such decisions would not be for him but were a judgement for whoever was appointed to 'assess' programmes. The Culture Secretary has also focused on 'soft news' as potentially being outside the BBC's public service remit. He praised new drama The Night Manager today as an example of something clearly 'distinctive'.

While a backbencher, Mr Whittingdale was criticised for suggesting populist BBC shows including the Voice should not be made by the publicly funded broadcaster. Shortly after he was appointed to the Cabinet, he was forced to defend the remarks and insisted he was not an 'enemy' of the BBC. Top of the list of options would be a Netflix or Sky Go-style password linked to each television licence, which users would have to enter before they are able to watch programmes on the iPlayer.

Bosses have resisted this so far, fearing the move could turn the BBC into a subscription service. The broadcaster would have to decide how many gadgets it should allow people to access for every television licence bought. Too many, and they are likely to be abused and shared too widely. Although this is not the most sophisticated method, the BBC has successfully used it to scare people into paying the licence fee.

In fact, it is frequently criticised for being heavy-handed. Yesterday Mr Whittingdale received a detailed review on the future of the BBC which suggested an overhaul of the organisation's governance as part of the on-going charter renewal process. Mr Whittingdale said today: Mr Whittingdale said a further report had identified a lack of 'distinctiveness' in the BBC's mainstream offering.

Speaking after his speech, Mr Whittingdale told the Guardian said: BBC2 is the whitest television channel, race campaigner Trevor Phillips has claimed. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission criticised the station for failing to attract enough viewers from ethnic minorities.

It has since tried to boost the number of black presenters and actors, as well as those from other minority ethnic backgrounds. However, that figure falls to 3. A BBC spokesman said: A BBC spokeswoman today said: Shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle yesterday slammed the proposed changes to the BBC regulatory structure.

Mr Whittingdale today warned new albums from artists such as Muse would be impossible if media firms could not sells adverts around otherwise free content. The Government could intervene over online ad-blockers, the Culture Secretary said today.

John Whittingdale said he shared the concern about the impact of the software - which hides adverts on websites automatically - had on industries from music to news. He told the Oxford Media Convention research suggested the public advertising funded media but objected to instrusive advertising.

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Beaten and tortured slave who was forced to shower naked Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, 72, 'is taken to Bridesmaid slams British Airways after she received her Tragic photo of year-old boy grieving over his dead With quality programmes, downloadable shows and a great interface, BBC iPlayer is the best video-on-demand service out there. It lets you download programmes for offline watching.

And there are no ads. BBC iPlayer, in our opinion, is currently the best catch-up service in the world. Even without considering all the broadcast TV and radio the corporation provides across many channels, BBC iPlayer is almost worth the licence fee on its own.

BBC iPlayer is your answer. So if you miss a show, you have plenty of time to catch up at your convenience. Most shows are available for 30 days after airing, but downloading them gives you that extra flexibility.

While Netflix now lets you download certain shows , it's nowhere near the breadth and scope offered by iPlayer. You can browse programmes by channels, categories, schedules or most popular, or simply search for them. You can also add shows to your Added list formerly Favourites so new episodes are easy to access.

Each update to iPlayer has made it fresher and more intuitive to use. You'll soon need to create a BBC ID account to watch any iPlayer content, but it's free to sign up, and staying logged in at all times gives you plenty of perks such as keeping your favourites list and watching history synced across all devices.

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