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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please can you provide any information that would help the Public understand whether they require a TV Licence to view live streamed content via the Internet from TV services that are not accessible within the UK via satellite TV, cable TV or terrestrial TV.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. M. Whitfield

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear Mr Whitfield,

Thank you for your freedom of information request, received on 30 August 2017. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20171313.

Kind regards
The Information Policy & Compliance Team
Workplace & Information Rights, BBC Legal
BC2 A5, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr M Whitfield

 

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20171313.

 

Kind regards

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

201 Wood Lane

London W12 7TP

 

[1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

Tel: 020 8008 2882

[3]cid:image001.png@01D2EE68.C9C0F040

 

 

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Streaming TV via the Internet from non-UK TV services' (RFI20171313).

I am unhappy with the seemingly unhelpful response I have received from my FOI request which appears to direct me to content from the TV Licensing website which contradicts information previously provided. I am not happy with this response nor satisfied that the duty of helpfulness has been properly engaged. Furthermore, I think it unhelpful to reference an entire webpage as a response, when quoting the specific content that is intended as a response would be trivial, would be significantly more helpful and would also help achieve a suitable degree of certainty about which aspect of the page formed the response.

I asked about whether a TV Licence was required to lawfully receive via Internet streaming TV channels that are based outside of the UK, and not receivable here by traditional means. I had previously been advised (RFI20171015) that the "law had not changed", implying that no Licence was required to stream TV channels from abroad, based upon clear advice provided by TV Licensing until March 2016. I then raised this FOI request to resolve that implication into firm information. The essential answer required would be a "Yes" or "No", possibly with some supporting guidance on relevant detail. I do not accept that seeking a "Yes"/"No" or advisory answer based on information held by the BBC is outside the scope of The Act, and would be happy to appeal to the ICO on that point.

I also sense that the BBC's explanation may revolve around the disclosure of information that is held, for example on the relevant website, but which is known or suspected by the BBC to be factually incorrect. Again, I would be happy to engage the ICO in order to resolve this conundrum.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

Yours faithfully,

Mr. M. Whitfield

J. Jones left an annotation ()

My understanding of this mess - that is the TV licence, is that a Licence is required in the following cases:
1 To watch UK originated live TV, by transmission/reception or via the internet. Assuming it is in the service area of a Terrestrial transmitter, or receivable by satellite in the UK.
2. BBC iplayer catchup TV, also requires a licence to be held.

A TV licence is NOT required in the following cases:
1. of any radio signal, eg Audio but no video as part of the entertainment, by any means - including via freeview or Satellite broadcasts. & of course the Internet, including Radio Catchup or podcasts.
2. Internet TV from non-UK sources, that is not accompanied by any UK terrestrial or Satellite transmissions to the UK - one example might be Nasa TV, another an Australian TV station.

BBC subscription, would of course solve this mess.....

Mr. M. Whitfield left an annotation ()

Yes, that's my understanding too. But it would be nice if the BBC were clear about this particular aspect of it, especially since they saw fit to remove a clear statement about it from their website last year.

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear Mr Whitfield

 

 

Please find attached your internal review request for your Freedom of
Information request (RFI20171313/ IR2017068).

 

 

 

BBC Information Rights

 

BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre

 

201 Wood Lane

 

London W12 7TP

 

 

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

 

Email: [2][BBC request email]

 

 

 

 

 

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