Figures released today by the TV Licensing authority show more than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black and white television sets.
Despite nearly 46 years of colour transmissions, the nationwide switch to digital TV last year and the meteoric rise of internet content services such as Netflix or Lovefilm, some homes in the UK just cannot bear to part with their trusty black and white TVs. London currently has the highest number of black and white TV households by a large margin, followed by Birmingham and Manchester.
Top 10 black and white cities:
- London - 2,715
- Birmingham - 574
- Manchester - 413
- Glasgow - 256
- Liverpool - 185
- Leeds - 183
- Bristol - 180
- Nottingham - 161
- Belfast - 143
- Sheffield - 118
"It’s remarkable that with the digital switchover complete, 41 per cent of UK households owning HDTVs and Britons leading the world in accessing TV content over the internet more than 13,000 households still watch their favourite programmes on a black and white telly." Stephen Farmer, spokesperson for TV Licensing commented.
This number has, understandably, been declining for quite a while now. In 2000 there were 212,000 black and white TV Licences issued, but by 2003 that number had shrunk to 93,000 and in 2006 the number was less than 50,000. At the start of 2013, just 13,202 black and white licences were in force across the UK.
Television and Radio Technology Historian John Trenouth thinks the reasons behind this choice are more economical than nostalgic: "For low-income households the black and white licence fee (£49) is an attractive alternative to the full colour fee (£145.50). There will always be a small number of users who prefer monochrome images, don't want to throw away a working piece of technology or collect old TV sets."
After our active excitement about 4K television, this seems insane-yet-humbling to know that people still watch in good old grayscale.
Source: TV Licensing
Recent Pokémon GO developments have inspired me to try the app again… Turns out it’s still as broken as I remember it.
I love Lego and DC super heroes made my childhood. Naturally, my interest was peaked by 'The Art of the Brick: DC Super Heroes' art exhibit in London. Here's what I thought of it, along with an exclusive interview with the mind behind this amazing work - Lego artist Nathan Sawaya.
Kickstarter is both a blessing and a curse – for every amazing innovation we get, we get a few stupidly pointless gadgets just like these five pieces of tat.
Google’s DeepMind AI has taken a break from painting masterpieces and besting board game champions to learn a spot of Parkour – using reinforcement learning in encouraging the AI to successfully navigate a course of jumps and crawls.
Astronomy photography is difficult enough, but imagine doing so using a Nintendo Game Boy Camera! Well, this guy has managed to do so and the results are better than you imagine…
With the success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, here are 6 more classic platformers that deserve to be remastered.
You use Facebook, right? No doubt you’ve been warned by your more socially naïve friends not to accept a request from Jayden K Smith. Well, unsurprisingly, this is a hoax and your friends are idiots for sharing it.
The headline says it all really – subscribe to New Rising Media’s weekly newsletter for the chance to win a copy of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Amazon Prime Day is here and I’ve found the best deals for any gadget-loving geek out there – including HUGE discounts on the Amazon Echo line.
I know it's hard to believe, but my email newsletter has become a sentient machine – thirsty for knowledge and control. Please subscribe and help me!
I am the Founder and Editor-in-chief of New Rising Media. You can follow me on Twitter @MrJasonEngland.