In the day and age of beautiful BBC HDTV, it’s pretty surprising that the UK TV licensing authority announced today that over 13,000 people still watch British Telly with a black and white TV set.
The cause of the this? The BBC License fee.
For those that don’t know, in Britain, if you own a TV you have to pay a yearly license fee (it’s essentially a tax, you don’t have a choice) and this money is used to directly fund the BBC (to the tune of almost £4 billion last year alone).
If you own a color television, the cost for owning a TV every year is £145.50. If you own a B&W TV, the cost is only £49 – a substantial savings. In cash strapped Britain, people are simply saving money by keeping their old TV’s and sticking to B&W.
The numbers are declining and will continue to do so – but I thought this was interesting enough to share. I imagine it would be rather fun to watch shows like the new Doctor Who or Downton Abbey in black and white!