Thousands still watch television in black and white


The children watched Andy Pandy in 1950

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The children watched Andy Pandy in 1950

More than 7,000 people are still watching TV in black and white for more than half a century after the launch of color broadcasts.

London has the most TV licenses for black and white settings at 1.768, followed by 431 in West Midlands and 390 in Greater Manchester with 390.

A total of 7,161 households in the United Kingdom, despite the transmissions that began in 1967, did not begin to look at color.

BBC2 was the first channel to be regularly broadcast in color since July this year with the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.

The number of black and white licenses has almost halved over the last five years and fell to 212,000 in 2000.

The figures were issued by TV Licensing in what appears to be a warning that anyone watching TV must have a TV license by law.

Press spokesman Jason Hill said: "If you're watching EastEnders, Strictly or Question Time on a black-and-white TV set that's 50 years old or in color on a tablet, you have to watch or record the programs for the TV license.

"You must also be included in a TV license to download or watch BBC programs on iPlayer on any device."

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The organization said last month that more than 26,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 25 had been caught in live TV or BBC iPlayer without a TV license over the past year. This was despite the fact that 92% of students knew that permission was needed to catch up with their favorite shows.

The black and white license has one clear advantage over the color equivalent: this is a third of the price at £ 50.50 per year compared to € 150.50.

Licensing TV also does not conduct household checks that claim to watch a black and white set. "It's fully entrusted," the spokesman said.

TV and radio historian Jeffrey Borinsky said that collectors, like him, still have many black and white television stations.

"Who wants all these new-fangled 4K Ultra HDs, satellite dishes or a screen that is bigger than your room, if you have a wonderful black and white TV?" he asked.

"Thirty years ago, you can still buy black and white televisions, especially small laptops, for just £ 50 and it's interesting to know that some people still have it."

It's no longer possible to buy a new black and white set, although much remains available at sales outlets, such as Gumtree and eBay.

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