180 city homes still have black and white TVs
ONE hundred and eighty black and white TV licences are still in force in Bristol 46 years after colour transmissions were introduced, figures released by TV Licensing reveal.
Across the UK, more than 13,000 households still have a black and white TV in use.
Despite the historic switch to digital television last year, and an increase in the sale of flat screen televisions, tablets, laptops and smart-phones over the Christmas period, it seems some homes in the UK just cannot bear to part with their trusty black and white television sets.
But the number of black and white licences issued each year has steadily been declining.
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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 licenses were in force across the UK.
Warren Carr, spokesman for TV Licensing, said: "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."
According to this year's figures, London leads the way in the amount of people using black and white TVs, followed by Birmingham and Manchester.