They are going to define all DSL and Mobile Midband BB services as a Television system during the summer. RTE Needs the money you see.
The Broadcasting Bill 2009 is shortly becoming the Broadcasting Act 2009
Co-Incidentally RTE launch their online player as the Bill passes its final Dáil stages ...maybe not co incidentally, go to page 142 of that link above aka "Part 9 the Television Licence"
To Section 140 first, Key Definitions.
140.—(1) In this Part—
“apartment” means a self-contained residential unit in a building that
comprises a number of such units;
“premises” means land, a vehicle, a structure of any kind whether
attached or affixed to the land or not and includes a part of a building
occupied as a separate dwelling whether or not the occupier with any
other person shares any portion of it or any accommodation, amenity
or facility in connection with it;
“television set” means any electronic apparatus capable of receiving
and exhibiting television broadcasting services broadcast for general
reception (whether or not its use for that purpose is dependent on
the use of anything else in conjunction with it) and any software or
assembly comprising such apparatus and other apparatus;
Section 142 . The Power Of The Minister to Define what a "Television Set" is ( by exclusion) ......is absolute.
142.—(3) This section does not apply to a television set, which is of a
class or description for the time being declared by an order of the
Minister to be a class or description of television set to which this
section is not to apply.
Section 145 . Collection Agents can be anybody, not just An Post .
145.—(1) In this section “issuing agent” means An Post or 35
another person designated by the Minister under subsection (3).
(2) Subject to subsection (12), an issuing agent may, on payment
of the appropriate licence fee, issue on behalf of the Minister a television
licence in accordance with this Part.
(3) The Minister may by order designate a person other than An Post to be an issuing agent for the purposes of this section other than
(4) An issuing agent may—
(a) collect fees in respect of television licences
If your ISP blocks RTE Player you have quite a strong case . No RTE by other means
However if you have BB and no Telly they can now get you if you can receive RTE Player over BB in your household .
This would mean that any device that can run a Flash Player , iPhone , Browser , PS3 , Handhelds etc etc will beome a Television set unless Minister Ryan excludes it from his 'list' .
Note further that a CAR or BUS is to be separately licenced if there is a TV in the dash for example or if a handheld device with tuner is used in the car or if it has S Band Satellite Capability seeing as Eutelsat got their W2A bird up a month back and will shortly offer their "exciting and innovative range of entertainment" to people on the move or indeed stuck in a jam on the M50 .
That is because a CAR is a separate "premises" to your house under the definition of premises in Section 140 . Of course you can always park your Car IN your house when the inspector calls and say Nyah Boo out the front window at him