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Old 08-16-2013, 02:32 AM
 
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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?
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:39 AM
 
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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?
We have a B&W tv in the guest bedroom. We don't want company to feel too comfortable, or they might not ever leave.
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Old 08-16-2013, 07:04 AM
 
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I had a black and white television until about 2003. I forget if it died or if we just didn't bother taking it with us when we moved.
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:59 PM
 
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The small portable televisions of the 1980s were black and white, as are many closed circuit cameras. It's not terribly out-of-date.

I think my family's last black & white tv was given away or thrown out in the early 90s. Too many moves and inexpensive color televisions could be had for the rec/family/guest rooms or den. But if your answer is in regards to a black and white tv as a primary television set, I would imagine rural America and Canada. Especially Alaska where shipping costs were maybe prohibitive to buying new and used color tvs were more limited, or remote markets that are far from modest-sized towns like northern Montana or northern Maine.

As far as the world, the poorest countries I would think. Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Moldova, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Papua-New Guinea, Somalia, etc. Perhaps Cuba and North Korea would be on that list considering the long-time embargoes.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Rural Canada here... we had a B/W television in our house well into the mid 70's... I also remember friends having small portable televisions in their bedrooms (well into the 80's) that were B/W.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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I had a black and white television until about 2003. I forget if it died or if we just didn't bother taking it with us when we moved.
Me too--I had one that I had since like 1979, plus a small portable one. Somewhere along the way they were just discarded. What's funny is I'm sure they initially cost more than the 37" LCD in my guest room.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:59 PM
 
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When you consider how much color televisions cost (adjusted for inflation) into the 1970s, you can see why people were slow to let go of them.
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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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?
What do you mean by B&W television? Broadcast or TV set?


Is the original post asking if black and white only is still being broadcast?

Or, is the original post asking if, despite color TV being broadcast, the majority of viewers stuck with BW TVs due to economics (can't afford a color TV)?
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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What do you mean by B&W television? Broadcast or TV set?


Is the original post asking if black and white only is still being broadcast?

Or, is the original post asking if, despite color TV being broadcast, the majority of viewers stuck with BW TVs due to economics (can't afford a color TV)?
I mean TVs that are black and white.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:43 PM
 
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I mean TVs that are black and white.
So you are asking where are the economic conditions so bad that only BW TVs are affordable (even though the programming was broadcast in color)?
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