Is TV still watchable in black and white?

THE World Cup may have sent big-screen TV sales soaring—but 44 Rotherham households are still watching a black and white set.

That’s one more monochrome licence than in Barnsley, which has the fewest in South Yorkshire.

More than 270 Sheffield households have yet to sample colour telly, while in Doncaster the figure is 79.

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The appeal of the minority sticking with old-style sets could lie in the price—black and white TV viewers pay about a third of the colour licence price at £49 a year.

A spokesman for the TV licensing authority said: “Technology has come a long way since colour TV first appeared in the 1960s, but the law remains the same.

“You need a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are being shown on TV.

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“That applies for whatever equipment you use to watch TV programmes—whether it’s a black and white set, the latest HD colour TV, a computer or even a mobile phone.

“Information on how and where to pay for your TV Licence can be found at our website.”

The national total of black and white licence viewers stands at about 25,000.

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