Figures released by TV Licensing on Wednesday show that more than 500 households in Northern Ireland are still watching television on black and white sets.

There were 535 black and white TV licences in force at the end of September 2019 compared to 566 for the same period in 2018.

According to this year’s figures, Co. Antrim leads the way with 155 black and white licences, followed by Co. Tyrone with 153 monochrome licences. In Co. Down there are 82 black and white licences, followed by 78 in County Londonderry, 38 in Armagh and 29 in County Fermanagh.

The figures show that despite the rapid growth of smart TVs, smart phones and tablets to access TV content, a surprising number of households still appear to enjoy the nostalgia of monochrome TV sets. They remain popular with collectors with vintage and portable TV sets regularly traded online.