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Does Anyone Still Watch TV in Black-And-White?

The BBC began broadcasting in color in July 1967, starting with BBC Two's coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Color television has long since become the norm in the United Kingdom, but even now, 51 years after the historic Wimbledon broadcast, there are 7,161 British households that still watch telly in black-and-white. That's according to TV Licensing, the authority that collects an annual fee from any household that watches live or catch-up television. A black-and-white TV license costs only £50.50 ($65 USD), compared to £150.50 ($195 USD) for a color license, so cost may be one reason why some people are still watching programs on monochromatic sets. Others may have them as collector's items or simply enjoy the nostalgia of the black-and-white viewing experience.

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  • There were 212,000 black-and-white licenses issued in 2000, but that number has steadily dropped, falling below 10,000 in 2015.

  • The BBC was the first European broadcaster to have regular programming in color. Broadcasters in West Germany, the Netherlands, and France also began color programming by the end of 1967.

  • In the United States, the first national broadcast in color was NBC's coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade in 1954. However, most American programming remained in black-and-white until the mid-1960s. As late as 1964, only 3.1% of American households had a color TV set.

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anon1000669
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Highly unlikely. Probably the license people don't know about the color TVs so they still pay for a black and white one!

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