There has been national and local press coverage recently on changes to TV licensing from 1 September 2016. The coverage focused on householduse, but the new rules may also affect the HE sector. If BBC iPlayer is downloaded or watched on a "TV Receiver" the device must be covered by a TV licence under the provisions1. The TV licensing authority has issued guidance and FAQs available online.

In addition to individual liability, any person/organisation with a TV receiver in his possession or under his control who knows, or has reasonable grounds for believing, that another person intends to use it without a TV licence, is guilty of an offence. It is therefore at least arguable that devices made available in the HE sector, for example to University staff and students, will now require a TV licence.