Fifteen homes in St Albans still watch black and white television

Black and white television

Black and white television


Most people today watch their television programmes on hi-tech, high definition machines with hundreds of channels - or even tune in to the latest drama on a mobile phone or tablet which can fit into the palm of their hands.

But it seems some people prefer the good old-fashioned ways of watching television - namely in black and white.

While most people switched over to viewing in colour in the 1970s, 15 homes in St Albans are still watching in black and white, according to TV Licensing’s latest index.

Across the country more than 8,000 homes still prefer the old method.

Ben Craig, TV Licensing spokesman for London and the South East, said: “It is striking that in an era of HD TV and spectacular true-to-life pictures, there are still more than 8,000 viewers content to watch spectacular programmes like The Night Manager and Planet Earth in monochrome.

“Whether you watch in black and white on a 50-year-old TV set or in colour on a tablet, you need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes as they are broadcast. You also need to be covered by a TV Licence to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer, on any device.”

A TV Licence is needed to watch or record live TV, or watch or download BBC programmes on view them on the BBC iPlayer.

A licence costs £147 and can be bought in minutes at

Do you know someone who watches a black and white television? Or do you watch one yourself? Contact us on 01727 863209 or email

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