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Black-and-white television sets are surviving due to thrifty households

More than 13,000 households across the UK are still using black-and-white television sets, according to the TV Licensing authority.

London had the highest number of monochrome licences, at 2,715, followed by Birmingham and Manchester, it said.

The number of licences issued each year has dwindled from 212,000 in 2000. A total of 13,202 monochrome licences were in force at the start of 2013.

A black-and-white TV licence costs £49 a year, a colour licence costs £145.50.

TV Licensing spokesman Stephen Farmer said: “It’s remarkable that with the digital switchover complete, 41% 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.”

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  1. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 10th, 2013

    Remarkable?

    Here’s the remark you missed, dummy:
    “A black-and-white TV licence costs £49 a year, a colour licence costs £145.50.”

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  2. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 10th, 2013

    …according to the TV Licensing authority.

    So the Brits use TVs to commit violent crime? Some Labour MP must have been the one to think to license something as innocuous as a TV.

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  3. Two Legged Blue Eyed Cracker

    January 10th, 2013

    A licence? Holy crap. My anglo-saxon cousins are quite the poofs now. How do they enforce that?

    I know –

    “TV shows” where you can buy one with a licence.

    We’ll hunt down those unlicenced 9″ B&Ws yet – we’ll send the Queen’s best!

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  4. eternal cracker p

    January 10th, 2013

    Television and radio technology historian John Trenouth said their continued use could largely be explained by low-income households wanting to save money on the licence fee.

    That’s interesting, because here in USA a TV (color, flat, HDTV) is the second most purchased item aside from liquor and sagrits by EBT holders.

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  5. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 10th, 2013

    omg. I can’t believe they’re still PAYING for local tv. I’ve seen their programming and it’s a thousand times worse than ours. ZZzzzzzzzzzz

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  6. bitterclinger

    January 10th, 2013

    Soon it’ll be us. When Zero was elected in ’08 I had visions of time stopping with Americans 50 years from now still driving 2008 cars — much like Cubans cruise around in ’57 Chebbies.

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  7. Cynic

    January 10th, 2013

    TV license? Gotta pay for gov’t healthcare somehow.

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  8. Buffalobob

    January 10th, 2013

    Boobie the bureaucrats will never be smart enough to understand the fact that when something gets taxed excessively the unwashed masses will find a way around the confiscation. This article is laughable.

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  9. hanoverfist

    January 10th, 2013

    The numbers really dropped off when Benny Hill died.

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  10. Troy

    January 10th, 2013

    Their version of PBS.
    I read where they travel around the cities in white vans with special radar. Looking for RF signals and then fining people/houses that don’t pay the license fee.

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  11. Noodengr

    January 10th, 2013

    Hey without the Brits paying to watch the tellie, we would not have Downton Abbey, Monty Python, Benny Hill, oh well.
    I watched something on PBS the other night, it is laughable that they claim to be commericial free.
    the first and last 5 -8 min was ‘ words from the sponsors” if that is not an ad what is?
    Cut off my tax dollars going to any station that runs ” a word from the folks that brought you…”

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  12. MNHawk

    January 10th, 2013

    “TV Licensing spokesman Stephen Farmer…”

    $200 per year just to provide employment for otherwise unemployable people, such as Stephen Farmer.

    Putting that Poli Sci degree to work.

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  13. What?

    January 10th, 2013

    How do they stream movies?

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  14. B. Hussein Obama

    January 10th, 2013

    Hey, that’s just the ticket!

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  15. lulu5297

    January 10th, 2013

    In France we pay a tax and a license fee to have a television. I still have a 13″ black and white television that someone gave me so that I wouldn’t have to pony up money to the thieving socialists. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, because I used to reside in France by choice, but one quickly learns many routes to keeping one’s own money. Legal or not, meh.

    There was a time when you could go to the store and pay cash to pay a television and there would be no record, but now the govt (yup, socialists are slow …and stupid), finally figured out they weren’t getting the necessary revenue, so now if you pay cash, there are a zillion and one forms to fill out. Gotta get the cash to keep the freebies comin’ don’t ya know.

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  16. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 10th, 2013

    Wait… there’s such a thing as COLOR TV?
    I’m surprised how far has America has progressed since the 1939 World’s Fair.

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  17. Eleanor in Hell

    January 10th, 2013

    You missed a lot, Franklin.
    We’re just damn lucky Lucifer installed WiFi.

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  18. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 10th, 2013

    BBC is state-owned and run. And they have their own police force to see that every set is taxed.

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  19. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 10th, 2013

    @ MJA – Slightly O/T, but if you’ve seen British adverts, they’re “a thousand times” better than ours. Ads for IRN-BRU, a Scottish soft drink, make the legendary Bud Light commercials look downright sedate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHAUV4-Bzq8
    .

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  20. srdem65

    January 10th, 2013

    I consider myself a forward thinking American; I drive a ’97 Chevy minivan. Paid for years ago.
    My insurance rate is at the bottom, plates, too.
    I simply replaced the drive train two years ago, keep up with oil changes, new tires and battery.I can leave the keys in the ignition, motor running and no one will think of car-jacking it.

    I’m so far ahead of the curve, I’m gold.

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  21. HERBERT HILL

    January 10th, 2013

    But the BBC provides the service of televised entertainment that would otherwise go unfulfilled in a free market and therefore must be forcibly subsidized. Or rather, one point of view must be forcibly subsidized because no one would buy it through free will.

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  22. BigSlurpy

    January 10th, 2013

    Surprisingly most of the shows I watch are in black and white. It’s the only way to avoid the promotion of communism and homosexuality.

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  23. Unruly Refugee

    January 10th, 2013

    Too bad they don’t have any firearms to keep people from stealing their old shit.

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