End of black and white TVs in sight

By Ian Dipple Tuesday 07 January 2014 Updated: 08/01 11:53

THE END of the black and white television set could be in sight after figures revealed a further drop in the number of people watching the box without colour.

In Redditch just nine people continue to hang on to their trusty black and white set despite almost 48 years of colour transmission, the digital switchover, the rise of internet streaming services and increasing sales of flat screen televisions, tablets, laptops and smartphones.

Nationally there are just 11,550 black and white television licences in force, down by more than 2,000 on the previous 12 months.

But Mark Whitehouse, TV Licensing spokesman for the West Midlands, said it could still be some time before black and white sets disappeared completely.

"We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live. It’s important no matter how you watch live TV, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so," he said.

"Although 11,550 black and white TV licences may appear to be a large figure, it's now only a tiny proportion of the 25 million TV licences in force across the UK. Despite over 25 million people opting for a colour TV Licence in the UK, it may be some time before the black and white television disappears completely from our living rooms.

"The National Media Museum has hundreds of black and white television sets in its collection and there will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don't want to throw away a working piece of technology."

A black and white television licence costs £49 a year compared to £145.50 a year for a colour one.

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