Greater than 7,000 folks nonetheless watch TV in black and white greater than half a century after color broadcasts started.
London has essentially the most TV licences for black and white units at 1,768, adopted by 431 within the West Midlands and 390 in Larger Manchester with 390.
A complete of seven,161 UK households have failed to begin watching in color regardless of transmissions beginning in 1967.
BBC2 was the primary channel to frequently broadcast in color from July that yr with the Wimbledon tennis event.
The variety of black and white licences has nearly halved up to now 5 years and is down from 212,000 in 2000.
The figures have been launched by TV Licensing in what seems to be a reminder that anybody watching tv should by regulation have a TV licence.
Spokesman Jason Hill stated: “Whether or not you watch EastEnders, Strictly or Query Time in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set, or in color on a pill, it is advisable be coated by a TV licence to observe or file programmes as they’re broadcast.
“You additionally have to be coated by a TV licence to obtain or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any system.”
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Final month the organisation stated greater than 26,000 younger folks aged 18 to 25 have been caught watching stay TV or BBC iPlayer with no TV licence up to now yr. That was regardless of 92% of scholars figuring out a licence is required to compensate for their favorite exhibits.
A black and white licence has one distinct benefit over its color equal: it’s a third of the worth at £50.50 a yr in contrast with £150.50.
Neither does TV Licensing perform checks of households claiming to observe a black and white set. “It is totally achieved on belief,” a spokesperson stated.
Tv and radio expertise historian Jeffrey Borinsky stated collectors like him nonetheless have quite a few black and white TVs.
“Who desires all this new-fangled 4K Extremely HD, satellite tv for pc dishes or a display that is larger than your room when you possibly can have superb black and white TV?” he requested.
“Thirty years in the past, you might nonetheless purchase black and white TVs, primarily small portables, for as little as £50 and it is attention-grabbing to know that some folks nonetheless have them.”
It’s not potential to purchase a brand new black and white set, although many are nonetheless provided on the market on websites comparable to Gumtree and eBay.