The BBC is to begin showing all its programmes live over the internet
from next week, raising questions about the long-term viability of the
Critics said that although viewers would still need to buy a licence
to watch programmes on their computers, it would become harder to
ensure payment. There are also questions over whether the telephone
network could cope with the expected rise in internet traffic.
Sir Howard Davies, the director of the London School of Economics, who
sat on a committee reviewing the future of the licence fee at the
beginning of the decade, said: "What are they going to do? Seize your
computer and look through your history? Can you imagine the licensing
people doing that level of enforcement?"
The Times 20/11/08