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Is it almost the end for black and white televisions? Just 11,500 households still have license…(UK)
Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 13:38 EST, 5 January 2014 | Chris Brooke

Posted on 01/05/2014 6:38:42 PM PST by Olog-hai

They are generally regarded as historic relics and part of a bygone era of broadcasting history. But even in today’s digital age, there are 11,550 households in the country still watching black and white television, official figures reveal.

The number of black and white licenses have dropped dramatically in recent years and the total has decreased by a further 12 percent over the past year. […]

The cost of a black and white TV license remains frozen at £49 ($80.37) until the BBC Charter Review in 2016. A color license costs £145.50 ($238.65). …

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: blackandwhitetv; colortv; socialism; tax; theend; tvlicense; tvtax
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Full Daily Mail title:
Is it almost the end for black and white televisions? Just 11,500 households still have a license for one—and it’s a third the price of color
Talk about an anachronism, never mind the socialist aspect of the whole thing.
1 posted on 01/05/2014 6:38:43 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

They weren’t real common in my childhood, now they’re virtually extinct.


2 posted on 01/05/2014 6:43:36 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

I expect they’re still popular in North Korea and a few other places.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 6:44:04 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Olog-hai

You need a license in Britain to have a TV? That’s weird.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 6:44:44 PM PST by madison10
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To: Olog-hai

I’m not sure I understand. People in the UK need a license to have a TV in their own homes?


5 posted on 01/05/2014 6:46:04 PM PST by TaxPayer2000
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To: Olog-hai

You need a license to watch tv in Great Britain? my first reaction to this was, “holy crap! What a fascist country”. But then I thought about it.

We should do the same thing here. you should have to pass a test, and buy a license before you are allowed to watch tv. That would solve a LOT of problems.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 6:46:33 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: madison10
You need a license in Britain to have a TV? That’s weird.

The British TV license funds BBC.

You pay for BBC whether you watch it or not.

7 posted on 01/05/2014 6:47:22 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: TaxPayer2000
Yes, along with countries on this list. All about squeezing the public to fund state-run TV; they “pay for” receiving the broadcast signal.
8 posted on 01/05/2014 6:48:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: TaxPayer2000

Yes - People in the UK need a license to have a TV in their own homes.

The B&W license is cheaper, which is probably the only reason anybody still has one.


9 posted on 01/05/2014 6:50:51 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: madison10

“You need a license in Britain to have a TV? That’s weird.”

True. Color TV’s, radios, satellite TV, etc. Effing’ draconian, big brother type stuff. I personally know a Brit who went to Best Buy and started weeping because the BB guys didn’t ask him for a license.


10 posted on 01/05/2014 6:52:03 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: cripplecreek
They weren’t real common in my childhood, now they’re virtually extinct.

A youngin huh?

11 posted on 01/05/2014 6:52:22 PM PST by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: Olog-hai

The best TV is in black and white!!!!!

http://free-classic-tv-shows.com/
Check out ‘Terry and the Pirates’ (under Adventure) or any of them.


12 posted on 01/05/2014 6:53:34 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: JohnBrowdie

You can read about it in this wiki article. It’s 145.50 UK pounds per year and 49 UK pounds if you have a black and white set.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Television_licensing_in_the_United_Kingdom


13 posted on 01/05/2014 6:55:02 PM PST by xp38
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To: Olog-hai

14 posted on 01/05/2014 6:56:16 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Olog-hai

I got my first TV at age 12 in 1988 and it was black and white.


15 posted on 01/05/2014 6:59:40 PM PST by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: max americana; madison10

And the enforcement arm had special electronics-equipped trucks that could tell if you had a TV, and then they’d cross-reference that against licenses. Have a TV and no license? Big fine!


16 posted on 01/05/2014 7:00:30 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: madison10

They tax EVERYTHING in GB. You wouldn’t believe the cost of a pint of bitter and a pack of smokes.

I can remember when I lived there the dreaded “TV License Van” fairy tale they would tell people. Apparently (and I think fabricated), they had vans that would detect if someone had a TV in their home. Then they would get a knock on the door. I kid you not. Used to scare people into paying for (Anti-American) “Aunty Beeb”. It’s like us being forced to pay for PBS.....and all its propaganda.

BTW, they have a VAT there, too. At the time it was 17.5%. Be CAREFUL when people wish for the same here.


17 posted on 01/05/2014 7:04:33 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Olog-hai

Lots of Mooslim countries missing from any of the lists. I suppose the IBS (infidel broadcasting systems) are prohibited.


18 posted on 01/05/2014 7:04:42 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: max americana

I listen to HAM quite a bit out of GB. Heard one older gent say to the other that he couldn’t talk politics because his license would be revoked. NO freedom of speech.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 7:06:21 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: madison10

Go on YouTube and watch the UK TV Taxman confrontation videos-its awesome!

Its like the DUI/inland border checkpoint refusals in the US, these people know their rights and stick it to the man! LOL


20 posted on 01/05/2014 7:08:46 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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