00.01 hours Friday 28 May 2010
Forty years since first World Cup in colour, up to 25,000 could watch 2010 tournament in black and white
You need a licence whatever way you watch, says TV Licensing
Monday (31 May) marks forty years since TV sports coverage changed forever, as Mexico 1970 became the first World Cup broadcast in colour. Now, as millions across the UK gear up to watch this year’s tournament on some of the latest technology, TV Licensing can reveal more than 25,000 homes are still watching in black and white.
South Africa 2010 will mark another breakthrough for TV sport, becoming the first World Cup to be shown in Freeview HD and on mobile phones. All matches will be streamed live online and numbers watching key games are likely to far exceed the average 75,000 UK viewers each match of Germany 2006 attracted , when watching football online was in its infancy.
Industry figures also...