46 years of colour tv - but 25 homes still watch in black and white

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SOME TV viewers are still watching in black and white, according to latest figures.

Despite 46 years of colour sets there are still 25 households in Colchester with black and white telly licenses.

Since 2000, the number of monochrome licenses has fallen from 212,000 to just 13,202 at the start of 2013.

Victoria Sykes, spokesperson for TV Licensing, said:“It’s remarkable that with the digital switchover households still watch their favourite programmes on a black and white telly.”

Black and white licenses cost just £49, with a colour option priced at £145.50.

But be warned, some black and white sets that can record in colour still need a full licence.

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6:22pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Feisty CBC says...

I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost.
I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost. Feisty CBC
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2:04am Fri 11 Jan 13

co4 says...

With the rubbish terrestrial broadcasters churn out these days, you're better off watching TV in black, not black and white. Prime time viewing nowadays seems to consist of putting minor "celebrities" in mundane situations. The most ridiculous one now is Celebrity Diving. I eagerly await the next big thing - Celebrity Ironing.
With the rubbish terrestrial broadcasters churn out these days, you're better off watching TV in black, not black and white. Prime time viewing nowadays seems to consist of putting minor "celebrities" in mundane situations. The most ridiculous one now is Celebrity Diving. I eagerly await the next big thing - Celebrity Ironing. co4
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7:35am Fri 11 Jan 13

Dug says...

I actually wonder too, whether I'll cancel my licence. I really dislike the Saturday night tv on offer and wonder why I bother. I probably won't make that decision for another couple of years though.

In the meantime I've unsubscribed to Sky; in reality because I don't wish to pay for the exorbitant wages in the Premier League, rather than due to the quality of tv.
I actually wonder too, whether I'll cancel my licence. I really dislike the Saturday night tv on offer and wonder why I bother. I probably won't make that decision for another couple of years though. In the meantime I've unsubscribed to Sky; in reality because I don't wish to pay for the exorbitant wages in the Premier League, rather than due to the quality of tv. Dug
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1:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

jut1972 says...

Feisty CBC wrote:
I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost.
enjoy it while you can, I hear iplayer will be licence dependent soon.
[quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost.[/p][/quote]enjoy it while you can, I hear iplayer will be licence dependent soon. jut1972
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2:05pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Feisty CBC says...

jut1972 wrote:
Feisty CBC wrote:
I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost.
enjoy it while you can, I hear iplayer will be licence dependent soon.
Then I'll just go round me pals :)
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Feisty CBC[/bold] wrote: I very rarely watch TV these days. If there is something specific I want to view I use the BBC's iplayer on my laptop. As long as I am not watching the programme "live" then I don't need to have a TV license. The £145.50 fee I save, more than covers my broadband cost.[/p][/quote]enjoy it while you can, I hear iplayer will be licence dependent soon.[/p][/quote]Then I'll just go round me pals :) Feisty CBC
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7:18pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Red Tape 2 says...

More accurately 25 households only pay for a b&w license - what they actually watch is another matter....
More accurately 25 households only pay for a b&w license - what they actually watch is another matter.... Red Tape 2
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