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Old 08-17-2013, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I still have one that I got back in 1981.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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My Dad kept the old Philco black & white TV with its very tiny screen and built in radio from 1947 until relatively recently . I was so angry when he threw it out , even though I told him not to: But it doesn't work, Nancy .
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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My Dad kept the old Philco black & white TV with its very tiny screen and built in radio from 1947 until relatively recently . I was so angry when he threw it out , even though I told him not to: But it doesn't work, Nancy .
Why would he have thrown it out???? It was an antique. I know museums that would have taken it, or plenty of collectors. We still have my grandfather's little 7 inch Philco, probably from around the same time. It does power on, but the picture is shot. Still, it is such a nice set. Cherry wood cabinet. They definitely don't make them like that any more.
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Old 08-17-2013, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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In some former eastern bloc countries it seems like Black and White TV was the norm or at least still common well into the 1990s. Even in some western countries it had currency into the 1970s!

Is it possible that B&W television is still common in some areas of the world today, or at least was past the year 2000?
13,000 people in the UK still own B&W TVs. I'm sure the numbers in the US are similar.

Black and white television still No1 choice for 13,000 UK homes

You can still buy B&W TVs.

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Old 08-17-2013, 05:56 PM
 
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I remember playing Atari on a b&w tv in the mid 80s. It made Qbert impossible!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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We didn't get a color tv until into the seventies. My dad didn't like the reliability of them until then. My great aunt had an early one and nobody knew how to tune the color. We were watching The FBI once, and the color looked 'off' and this guy got shot. Turned out he was a disguised Vulcan with the green blood. Dad would not have a tv you had to hand tune the color.

Before he got into aerospace, he fixed tv's in his own small business, or in some of the early cases, plugged them in.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I think the OP is talking about mainstream broadcasts and sales. In the 1st world west, I think Australia was probably one of the last hold outs. I don't think they started their color broadcasts until 1970 or so. Many parts of Africa were later. I know my wife has said that China was still mostly B/W until the early 80s. She said her family didn't get their first color set until around 1987.
1975 here in Australia. I remember growing up in the 90s many people still had those old wood-panelled black and white sets and many motels advertised 'colour TV.'
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:13 PM
 
Location: The Ranch
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I kept my 5" portable B&W tube TV in use until we went from analog to digital. It was much easier on the eyes the 2" color LCD TVs in analog. Even today I would prefer to have back a snowy analog picture over a frozen pixelated picture as low signal now gives nearly nothing watchable.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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1975 here in Australia. I remember growing up in the 90s many people still had those old wood-panelled black and white sets and many motels advertised 'colour TV.'
I know in the US, under the crappy NTSC standard, you usually got a much better picture with a black and white set than color if you were using an antenna. Getting a good color signal without ghosting or color dropout was very difficult where I lived, as it was extremely hilly. B&W sets ignore the color band, so you usually ended up with a clear picture. Was the same true under PAL?
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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I had a black and white TV (portable) right up into the early 2000s. But I also had color TVs. If you mean "where did black and white TV last the longest as the primary method of viewing?" things get a bit more complicated.
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