A pic­ture of the past... in glo­ri­ous black and white

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - Do you still watch in black and white? Con­tact us at scot­[email protected]­ly­mail.co.uk. By Ku­mail Jaf­fer

THEY hark back to the days when there were only three chan­nels and watch­ing in colour was con­sid­ered a lux­ury for those who could af­ford to pay ex­tra.

But re­mark­ably, 383 Scot­tish house­holds are still watch­ing their favourite shows on black and white tele­vi­sions.

That is a drop from 420 sets last year, but old tele­vi­sions re­main pop­u­lar with col­lec­tors and reg­u­larly change hands on on­line on sites such eBay and Gumtree.

Fer­gus Reid of TV Li­cens­ing Scot­land said: ‘When BBC One launched its colour TV ser­vice in Novem­ber 1969, there were only three chan­nels avail­able.

‘Fast for­ward to 2019 and more than half of TV house­holds have in some way an in­ter­net con­nec­tion to their TV and ac­cess to hun­dreds of chan­nels.

‘While only ac­count­ing for a very small pro­por­tion, it’s in­ter­est­ing to know some house­holds still like to watch their favourite shows on a black and white telly.’

Across the UK, the num­ber of black and white TV li­cences has plum­meted since the turn of the mil­len­nium, when 212,000 homes bought one.

The fig­ure now stands at 6,586, a fall of 575 from 7,161 last year. A li­cence for a black and white tele­vi­sion is still con­sid­er­ably cheaper than one for a colour set, at only £52 com­pared with £154.50.

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