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6,000 U.K. Homes View In Black-And-White, While Half Of Homes Are Streaming

TV Licensing has released figures that show 6,000 U.K. homes still have only a black-and-white television licence. The Guardian makes the further point that in direct contrast, half of all homes now have their tv connected to wi-fi for streaming services.

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  1. John Grono from GAP Research, November 14, 2019 at 2:50 p.m.

    Could that also possibly mean that 6,000 homes have colour TV but don't want to pay the extra 100 pounds each year?

  2. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, November 14, 2019 at 4:53 p.m.

    John, I understand that some U.S. homes, like their UK counterparts, also use monochrome receivers--a few dating back to the days of "Mad Man Muntz"---one of the early TV set manufacturers. These sets are over 70 years old and I doubt that they work very well---but their die hard users don't seem to mind. Most live in distant mountain areas and never travel far from their abodes. They don't even know about cable---so they will be the last to "cut the cord" as they have no cords to cut--- and are even less likely have heard of Netflix, HBO, Disney Plus, etc. I estimate that there are 10,291 of these homes which contain 85,887 people---these tend to be large families but I haven't tried to break these figures down by towns or counties as going into these areas can be dangerous for one's health. I wonder if Nielsen includes any of these monochrome-only viewers in its panel---but I doubt it.

  3. John Grono from GAP Research replied, November 14, 2019 at 6:36 p.m.

    Ed, taking you very precise counts as gospel ...

    10k TV homes out of 120m is 0.0083% of TV homes.   Put another way, 1 in 12,000 homes would be just B&W.   The latest household panel count I could find for Nielsen was 37k, so I would guess that at best there would be a few homes in the national panel.

    86k people out of 307m is 0.028% of the population, or 1 in 3,500 people.   They quote 100k people (though I think that could be an old number) so maybe 30 or so people.

    Technically a B&W set is the same as a colour set as the system relies on audio matching.   But it also relies on mobile phone coverage to get the data, which would knock several out.

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