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Old January 10th, 2013, 04:16 AM   #1
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UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

Of course, there could be more B & W sets in those homes with colour.

BBC News - UK still has 13,000 black-and-white TVs

Just shows not everyone is out buying the latest tech.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 05:12 AM   #2
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I was watching The Wizard of Oz at my mate's house at Christmas. I couldn't believe it when Dorothy left Kansas and went all technicolor. Toto will never be the same again. Happy New Year.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

Nothing to do with a B&W license costing one third of the price of a colour license?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 05:11 PM   #4
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

I would think that there are a lot of pensioners that are happy with B&W TV and others who find the contrast ratio better for poor sighted people.

As for trying to get away with a cheaper option it is now legal requirement for retailers to check that people have a valid colour TV licence here in the UK before they can buy a TV, it happened to me in a store today and the purchaser was asked for their postcode so that if they didnt have a licence then a demand would be issued after the sale!
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Old January 10th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

Makes for fine viewing of "The Third Man," quite possibly my all-time favorite UK production in black & white.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:19 PM   #6
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

This doesn't include the number of B&W TV's that are used for monitoring or replaying CCTV footage?
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Old January 11th, 2013, 02:03 AM   #7
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

No. Those do not require a license; the 13,000 figure has come from the licensing authority for households with B&W tv licenses.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 06:58 AM   #8
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

I bet 12,000 of them are in East Anglia :-)
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Old January 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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That's a bit ageist isn't it?
What about Eastbourne? ;)
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Old January 11th, 2013, 08:53 AM   #10
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

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I bet 12,000 of them are in East Anglia :-)
Steady...!!!! Actually I saw a graphic yesterday (Telegraph website I think) that showed most of them were in Northern Island! ;-)

One other thing (and it's been a while since I bought a TV), how many of them are people claiming not to have a Colour TV when they move to a new address so that they can get the license 2/3 cheaper?

[That way, because your address is in the Orwellian system as having a license you won't be hassled. They no doubt assume that every address has a TV - and so must need a license, to spell it out].
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #11
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

Not sure about the most B & W licences in raw number terms, but some poorer rural towns in Northern Ireland do have the highest number per thousand.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:41 AM   #12
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Retailers have been responsible for completing a form for every tv sold certainly since 1976, even Tesco have to get people to fill in a form. Since the vans with rotating roof racks vanished, this has been the only way they can issue fines to households with no license. Of course, most people just gave details of somebody with one.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #13
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Re: UK still has 13,000 B & W televisions

I still do my audio in black and white.

Nurse - can I have a cup of tea?
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Old January 11th, 2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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Recently watched the film "Paths Of Glory", directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1957, starring Kirk Douglas in a very good cast.

Black and white, but transmitted in HD and viewed on my HD plasma. Marvellous, maybe partly because one expects anything about the First World War to be B&W.

A long overdue credit to the technicians who constructed the film, which was perfectly lit and shot. Bit like, this afternoon for example, my listening to 1957 recordings by Eric Dolphy, re-mastered onto a CD, and played back on my half decent modern Linn CD player. Entry into another world.


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Old January 11th, 2013, 11:37 AM   #15
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I still do my audio in black and white.

Nurse - can I have a cup of tea?
But what do you do if it goes into the RED ?

actually if any audio goes into a RED camera it tends to be distorted ! ;0)
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