20 households still have black and white TV licences in Sutton

People still seeing things in black and white

People still seeing things in black and white

First published in Bizarre

With things like high definition, 3D, plasma and other options available, choosing a TV can be confusing - but for some people it's as simple as black and white.

Figures released by TV Licensing show 20 households in Sutton have turned their backs on colour TV and still have black and white licences - almost half a century on from the first colour transmissions.

The 20 black and white households in the borough are among 13,202 black and white licences held nationally - a figure which has been steadily declining.

Black and white licences cost just £49 per year compared to the £145.50 it costs for a colour one.

Television historian John Trenouth said: "The numbers of black and white TV sets in regular use has fallen dramatically over the last few years, hastened by the fact that it's now almost impossible to replace them and by the need to buy a suitable set top box to continue to use them after digital switch over.

"The continued use of black and white TV sets, despite the obstacles, is more likely to be driven by economics than by nostalgia. For low-income households the black and white licence fee is an attractive alternative to the full colour fee."

There are 25million licensed TV viewers in the UK. The first colour transmission was made 46 years ago.

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3:22pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

I have not watched my TVs for about three years as I find using my pc more interesting and it takes up all my free time. My TVs have not even been retuned for the wavelength change so may not even work any more. It would be helpful to see some clear guidance on whether I could dispense paying the TV licence fee all together as I do not watch live TV on the pc just the odd back programme on the Iplayer. Anyone able to advise please? Cutting out the TV licence fee would be a useful saving in these austere financial times.
I have not watched my TVs for about three years as I find using my pc more interesting and it takes up all my free time. My TVs have not even been retuned for the wavelength change so may not even work any more. It would be helpful to see some clear guidance on whether I could dispense paying the TV licence fee all together as I do not watch live TV on the pc just the odd back programme on the Iplayer. Anyone able to advise please? Cutting out the TV licence fee would be a useful saving in these austere financial times. Michael Pantlin
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6:08pm Fri 11 Jan 13

AlexTB says...

Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc...

As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live.
Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc... As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live. AlexTB
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8:45pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Wait right there says...

AlexTB wrote:
Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc...

As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live.
Not true.

http://iplayerhelp.e
xternal.bbc.co.uk/he
lp/playing_tv_progs/
tvlicence

but you'll need to get rid of your TV's otherwise the court are unlikely to believe you.
[quote][p][bold]AlexTB[/bold] wrote: Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc... As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live.[/p][/quote]Not true. http://iplayerhelp.e xternal.bbc.co.uk/he lp/playing_tv_progs/ tvlicence but you'll need to get rid of your TV's otherwise the court are unlikely to believe you. Wait right there
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9:31pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Wait right there says...

Wait right there wrote:
AlexTB wrote:
Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc...

As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live.
Not true.

http://iplayerhelp.e

xternal.bbc.co.uk/he

lp/playing_tv_progs/

tvlicence

but you'll need to get rid of your TV's otherwise the court are unlikely to believe you.
remove the spaces between the e&x e&l and /&t
The advice remains that if you have a TV get rid of it
[quote][p][bold]Wait right there[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlexTB[/bold] wrote: Michael, you are still be required to have a TV licence for Iplayer etc... As Iplayer is owned by the BBC, you will have to pay for the privilege of watching their programmes eventhough they are not viewed live.[/p][/quote]Not true. http://iplayerhelp.e xternal.bbc.co.uk/he lp/playing_tv_progs/ tvlicence but you'll need to get rid of your TV's otherwise the court are unlikely to believe you.[/p][/quote]remove the spaces between the e&x e&l and /&t The advice remains that if you have a TV get rid of it Wait right there
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10:54pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Michael Pantlin says...

Thank you Alex TB and Wait right there for your kind replies. The URL from WRT is very helpful; thanks for pointing that out.
Thank you Alex TB and Wait right there for your kind replies. The URL from WRT is very helpful; thanks for pointing that out. Michael Pantlin
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12:50pm Sat 12 Jan 13

AlexTB says...

Obviously Iwas worng. Oh well. At least Wait Rigt was able to give you some advice.

I was sure that IPlayer owned by the BBC, and TV licence pays for the BBC that you would still have to pay.

Just read the info on the link and now know.

Thanks Wait Right.
Obviously Iwas worng. Oh well. At least Wait Rigt was able to give you some advice. I was sure that IPlayer owned by the BBC, and TV licence pays for the BBC that you would still have to pay. Just read the info on the link and now know. Thanks Wait Right. AlexTB
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