The BBC iPlayer, which allows licence fee payers to watch programmes for free up to seven days after they’ve aired on TV, is considering charging those who want to access content prior to that period.
"We never stop future-gazing at the BBC and there are always a number of new ideas under discussion," a spokesman told The Telegraph.
With the current licence fee costing £145.50 a year, the BBC reassured licence payers that they would still be able to access iPlayer content as they do now and confirmed that it has no plans to introduce a second licence.
"Any such ideas would need to be developed in conjunction with the industry and with rights-holders and they would certainly not lead to a two-tier licence fee," said the spokesperson.
If plans do go ahead, it seems likely the BBC would introduce a pay-per-view scheme for accessing archived content. The new scheme may not be in place until 2016 when the BBC’s Royal Charter is set to be renewed, reports The Telegraph.