Families still watching black and white TV in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: Families still watching black and white TV Families still watching black and white TV

TELEVISION may have been available in colour for more than 45 years, but figures released by TV Licensing reveal 33 black and white TV licences are still in force in Swindon.

Despite the switch to digital television last year, and an increase in the sale of flat screen televisions, tablets, laptops and smart phones over the Christmas period, some homes in the UK cannot bear to part with their black and white televisions.

In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white licences issued, but by 2003 that had shrunk to 93,000 and in 2006 the number was fewer than 50,000.

At the start of 2013, just 13,202 black and white licenses were in force across the UK.

Warren Carr, a spokesman for TV Licensing, said: “It’s remarkable that, with the digital switchover complete, 41 per cent of UK households owning HDTVs and Britons leading the world in accessing TV content over the internet more than 13,000 households watch a black and white telly.”

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12:43pm Thu 10 Jan 13

PaulD says...

what's more remarkable is that there is no mention of any suspicion that some of these licenses are possibly held fraudulently instead of a colour licence
what's more remarkable is that there is no mention of any suspicion that some of these licenses are possibly held fraudulently instead of a colour licence PaulD

1:05pm Thu 10 Jan 13

StillPav says...

What PaulD said.
What PaulD said. StillPav

1:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MrAngry says...

PaulD, my thoughts exactly.

I'm suprised that TV licences are still available in black and white.

However anyone who is registered blind gets a 50% discount (not a free license), so perhaps there is a benefit in getting the cheaper black and white licence.

Are old B&W tvs compatible with digital though?
PaulD, my thoughts exactly. I'm suprised that TV licences are still available in black and white. However anyone who is registered blind gets a 50% discount (not a free license), so perhaps there is a benefit in getting the cheaper black and white licence. Are old B&W tvs compatible with digital though? MrAngry

1:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Davey Gravey says...

Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.
Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever. Davey Gravey

1:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

EmmBee says...

Davey Gravey wrote:
Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.
and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi
nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement.
[quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.[/p][/quote]and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement. EmmBee

1:44pm Thu 10 Jan 13

benzss says...

EmmBee wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote: Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.
and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement.
It's not really your place to demand other people pay for your preference in TV. You pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.[/p][/quote]and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement.[/p][/quote]It's not really your place to demand other people pay for your preference in TV. You pay for it. benzss

3:45pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Hmmmf says...

PaulD wrote:
what's more remarkable is that there is no mention of any suspicion that some of these licenses are possibly held fraudulently instead of a colour licence
Do you really think Capita's employees haven't attempted to terrify these license owners into letting them in to check?
[quote][p][bold]PaulD[/bold] wrote: what's more remarkable is that there is no mention of any suspicion that some of these licenses are possibly held fraudulently instead of a colour licence[/p][/quote]Do you really think Capita's employees haven't attempted to terrify these license owners into letting them in to check? Hmmmf

4:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MrAngry says...

The last time I saw a black and white tv, it was a ridiculously small grease stained model behind the counter at a Chinese takeaway.
The last time I saw a black and white tv, it was a ridiculously small grease stained model behind the counter at a Chinese takeaway. MrAngry

4:21pm Thu 10 Jan 13

StillPav says...

EmmBee wrote:
Davey Gravey wrote: Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.
and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement.
It would be nice to be given the choice.
[quote][p][bold]EmmBee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Davey Gravey[/bold] wrote: Abolish this tax, black or white or whatever.[/p][/quote]and succumb to a diet of lowest-common-denomi nator TV, subsidised by dial-in-voting and product placement.[/p][/quote]It would be nice to be given the choice. StillPav

11:28am Fri 11 Jan 13

yeahsorryaboutthat says...

How do you know they're owned by families?
How do you know they're owned by families? yeahsorryaboutthat

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