Internet streaming is a service that is one for the main venues for watching television shows, movies, and even news online. It has become such a trend in these current times that most, if not all, companies especially those in media have developed their own streaming service like BBC which released their iPlayer, a catch-up streaming service for radio and television in the United Kingdom, last December 25, 2007.
Since the release of these internet streaming services, the number of usage of television and the domestic channels have been dwindling as they tend to prefer watching on RTE or TV3. They visit online new sites via BBC iPlayer in Ireland and the likes to catch up on their current news and reports. This led to the government’s action which required the citizens to pay a charge when they want to watch on their gadgets including mobiles, tablets, laptops, and TV. It was first claimed that people will have to input their TV license number before they can access RTE or TV3 (Netflix not included so Irish Netflix users need not pay the levy). This would mean that those who watch online only and do not watch domestic channels will have no need to pay the fee. However, there are more people saying that they do not have TVs or they do not watch TV as noted by the government.
The government has relayed to the public that no decision has been made yet on this idea and has even pointed out that users in the UK have to provide their TV license number if they want to use and watch content via the BBC iPlayer. A spokesperson from BBC though disputed this statement and said that there is no need to access have a TV license number to access BBC iPlayer or any of its services. The licensing rule that was made effective in September 2016 made watching catch up shows on BBC iPlayer in Ireland (and other UK areas) illegal if they watch without payment. However, when they want to watch content on the BBC iPlayer, users were asked to declare if they a TV license or not. This action was done after the RTE director made a statement that the current fee should be doubled during a radio interview however, this was later retracted by a spokesperson from RTE stating that doubling the fee is nonsense.