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Figures show end is near for black and white TVs

By BurtonMail.3520969.BurtonMail  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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NEW figures have shown that the number of people with a black and white TV licence in Burton and South Derbyshire has fallen to its lowest ever number.

TV Licensing revealed that black and white licences have dropped to 33 in Burton and just 28 in South Derbyshire.

Across the UK, the number of families watching on black and white televisions has dropped a further 12 per cent in the past year, with fewer than 12,000 sets now in use nationwide.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in the West Midlands, said:“The figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions.

“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 that no matter how you watch live television, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so.”

With advances in technology, the demand for black and white licences has been in steady decline

At the turn of the millennium there were 212,000 black and white licences issued, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000.

Just three years later, in 2006, the number was less than 50,000 and now just 11,550 black and white licences across the UK.

Despite it being nearly 48 years since colour transmissions began, digital switchover and the recent Christmas seasonal surge of television, laptop, tablet and smartphone sales, it seems there are still some nostalgic homes firmly attached to their black and white sets.

Mr Whitehouse added: “Despite over 25 million people opting for a colour licence, it may be some time before the black and white television disappears completely from our living rooms.”

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