The families in Blackpool STILL watching black and white television

Seven households in Blackpool are still watching a black and white television.

Monday, 11th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Are you one of the last people in Blackpool still watching a black and white television?
Are you one of the last people in Blackpool still watching a black and white television?

The last group of viewers with the old fashioned monochrome sets was revealed as BBC One celebrates its 50th anniversary of colour television this week.

Across the UK the number of black and white licences has declined considerably over the years with just 6,586 black and white TV licences in force at the end of September 2019 - a fall of 575 compared to the same time last year. In 2000 the figure stood at 212,000.

The figures show that despite the rapid growth of smart TVs, smart phones and tablets to access TV content, a number of households still appear to enjoy the nostalgia of monochrome TV sets.

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They remain popular with collectors with vintage and portable television sets regularly traded online.

A licence is still needed to watch live television and stream BBC programmes on iPlayer on a black and white TV or monitor and costs £52.

But, if they are used to download BBC programmes on iPlayer or to record any live TV, then a colour TV Licence is needed.

Tim Downs, spokesman for TV Licensing in the north, said: “When BBC One launched its colour TV service in November 1969, there were only three channels available. Fast forward to 2019, and more than half (53 per cent) of TV households have in some way an internet connection to their TV and access to hundreds of channels.

“Whilst only accounting for a very small proportion it’s interesting to know that some households still like to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.”

BBC One launched its full colour service on November 15, 1969. The new service was also extended to ITV, bringing them in line with BBC Two, which had been offering colour programmes - including Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and The Eurovision Song Contest - since 1967 under controller, David Attenborough.

Programmes showing in colour on the launch date half a century ago included Star Trek and Dixon of Dock Green, The Harry Secombe Show and Match of the Day, plus the feature film The Prisoner of Zenda.

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