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Black and white TVs virtually obsolete in Carlisle

Black and white TVs are virtually obsolete in Carlisle, new figures reveal.

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The number of licences issued for black and white television sets are dwindling

Just 12 black and white TV licences were issued in the city over the last year, according to TV Licensing.

During the previous year there were 58 licences for monochrome sets across Cumbria.

It comes as the latest figures show the number of families watching non-colour TVs across the UK has dropped by 12 per cent.

Fewer than 12,000 sets are now in use across the country as demand continues to steadily decline.

There were 212,000 black and white licences issued in 2000 but now there are only 11,550.

George Devereux, a TV repairer based in St Ninian’s Road, Upperby, Carlisle, isn’t surprised by the stats.

He explained: “When the black and white TVs do go wrong it’s terminal as there are no parts left for them.

“I’ve only seen one black and white TV in the last year and that was being used as a monitor for security cameras.”

Mr Devereux, who has fixed TVs for more than 40 years, said that cheap sets sold in supermarkets are killing the repair trade.

He said these TVs are only built to last for a year or two and are impossible to repair because the right parts aren’t available.

“I used to fix about 20 every day in the days when people would rent televisions,” Mr Devereux said.

“But now I’m lucky if I get 20 in a week.”

The digital switchover and surge in TVs, laptops, tablets and smartphones being sold at Christmas is being blamed for the fast-approaching death of black and white sets.

Paul Williams from TV Licensing said: “We may be on the brink of losing black and white sets to the history books, but older technology will always be replaced by exciting new ways of watching live.”

The town with the most amount of monochrome sets in the north west is Manchester with 377, followed by Liverpool with 174 and Bolton with 61.

Do you still have a black and white TV?

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You do realise that you buy a black and white license if you own no colour TV sets, yes?

That it's entirely possible to own and watch a black and white TV -at the same time as a colour one-?

The number of black and white licenses merely shows how many households have no colour TVs, not how many black and white sets there are.

Admittedly, there probably aren't many B&W TVs, merely because colour sets are so cheap, but the basis of the story is false. I suspect there are more B&W TVs in garages, sheds and so on than the 12 licenses suggest.

Posted by Dagsannr on 8 January 2014 at 07:48

Only 12 B&W licences issued in Carlisle. I'm wondering how much in original BBC chalkboard test cards I've spent on licences. Quality of some TV/radio programmes better then? I recall the nationalised (Norweb?) electricity company that connected a new supply on my parents home in the 90's as they said, they reckoned their was only 18 homes in Carlisle 'without' electricity. A couple of gas lamps inside the Victorian newly modernised city townhouse were re-piped (with electronic gas sensor for safety) from the original lead piping, so just how many are running their tv's on candles these days as I recall cheaper option of natural gas run fridges in 1960s. My son has a 51" set so hope his pension covers the expense of room to room tv's when he in turn retires in say around 2050. No remotes... Can someone get up off their backside and change the channel. New century couch potatoes.

Posted by Royl on 7 January 2014 at 15:42

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