Handful of black and white TVs still in use in Kettering and Corby

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There are still just over a dozen addresses in Kettering and Corby which have a licence for a black and white television, according to new figures from TV Licensing.

There are only seven such licenses in each town, while in the UK as a whole, the number of black and white TV licenses has dropped from 212,000 in January 2000 to just 11,550 today.

In Northampton, there are still 40 black and white sets registered.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in the East Midlands, said: “Today’s figures show, even in the digital age, more than 11,000 homes still watch their favourite programmes on black and white televisions.

“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. It’s important that no matter how you watch live TV, whether on a black and white set, or online, you’re correctly licensed to do so.”

Mr Whitehouse added: “Although 11,550 black and white TV licences may appear to be a large figure, it’s now only a tiny proportion of the 25 million TV licences in force across the UK. Despite over 25 million people opting for a colour TV Licence in the UK, it may be some time before the black and white television disappears completely from our living rooms.

“The National Media Museum has hundreds of black and white television sets in its collection and there will always be a small group of people who prefer monochrome images, collect vintage sets or just don’t want to throw away a working piece of technology.”

The cost of a black and white licence remains frozen at £49 until BBC Charter Review in 2016. A colour licence costs £145.50. A TV Licence is needed if you’re watching or recording programmes at the same time as they’re shown on TV and can be bought online by clicking here.