News ID: 233983
Published: 0302 GMT November 09, 2018

7,000 UK households still watching TV in black and white

7,000 UK households still watching TV in black and white
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More than 7,000 households in the UK are still watching television in black and white, more than 50 years after the advent of color programming.

London has the largest number of black and white sets at 1,768, followed by the West Midlands with 431 and Greater Manchester with 390, The Guardian reported.

In total, 7,161 UK households have not switched to color transmissions, which started in 1967.

The TV Licensing spokesman, Jason Hill, said: “Over half of the UK’s TVs now connect to the internet so it’s interesting that more than 7,000 households still choose to watch their favorite shows on a black and white telly.

“Whether you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in color on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV license to watch or record programs as they are broadcast.

“You also need to be covered by a TV license to download or watch BBC programs on iPlayer, on any device.”

Regular color broadcasts began on BBC Two in July 1967 with the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The number of black and white licenses issued each year has since been in steady decline since. In 2000, there were 212,000 black and white TV licenses but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000. By 2015, the number had dipped below 10,000.

The television and radio technology historian Jeffrey Borinsky said: “There are hundreds of collectors like myself who have many black and white TVs. Who wants all this new-fangled 4K Ultra HD, satellite dishes or a screen that’s bigger than your room when you can have glorious black and white TV?

“Thirty years ago, you could still buy black and white TVs, mainly small portables, for as little as £50 and it’s interesting to know that some of people still have them.”




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