December 8, 2023

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Will it be illegal to sell 8K TVs in Europe next year?

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Will it be illegal to sell 8K TVs in Europe next year?


Will it be illegal to sell 8K TVs in Europe next year?

The 8K Association recently made a “call for action” in response to the TV energy regulation bill, which will take effect in March next year, which could mean that 8K devices cannot be sold in the region.

The TV energy regulation bill was submitted for review a few days ago.

The energy consumption levels of UltraHD and FullHD are determined based on the equipment when the device was first launched, while the energy consumption level of 8K is the same as that of UltraHD.



Will it be illegal to sell 8K TVs in Europe next year?



Since the energy consumption of OLED and LCD screen technology will increase with the increase of resolution, the other side will also use more power consumption to process 8K signals, so limiting the 8K power consumption level to UltraHD is an industry issue. a huge challenge.


The TV energy regulation bill will be reviewed by December this year, but information obtained by the 8K Association so far shows that the agency has not set a date for the review.

On the face of it, new 8K devices may not be launched after March next year unless the power requirements are met.


Several TV brands and panel suppliers were discussing this topic at the IFA show in Berlin a few days ago.

While there are rumors that one of the TV brands could be certified, it’s not a direct one.


TV manufacturers who claim to be able to pass the Act mainly do so by reducing the brightness of the TV screen.

This combined with the FALD backlight minimizes power consumption, but doesn’t seem to be really “in the spirit of the regulation”.

Regulations state that a set must be set to “not less than 220 cd/m² or, if the electronic display is primarily intended for close viewing by a single user, not less than 150 cd/m²”.


In the early days of EU energy regulations, the European Commission wanted to minimize the amount of electricity consumed by household appliances.

At the time, TVs were often equipped with a “vivid” or “demo” mode to provide the highest brightness and saturation.

If these TV sets are used for demonstrations, it is usually hoped to entice users to buy them in the mall.


But this mode will usually use more energy than regular mode, so the European Commission mandates that it be set to regular mode “out of the box”.

This is not conducive to the brand side shipping in “vivid” mode.

According to the information obtained by foreign media Display Daily, the brand has changed the delivery mode.


This enforcement by the European Commission reduces energy consumption because many less tech-savvy consumers don’t tune the devices there, but leave them “out of the box”.


Another comment I’ve heard from the manufacturing side is that the EU is getting stricter on power consumption.

However, these needs are often matched with changes in technology, from CRT to LCD, and then from CCFL backlight to LED.

The LED backlighting also switches from global backlighting to some form of dynamic backlighting.

However, in the past few years, there has not been a change of this magnitude that could bring about the greater efficiency the committee would like to see.


Televisions account for a considerable share of electricity consumption in the EU (3% was mentioned in the original regulation in 2009), so it is reasonable to try to reduce this, but it will be difficult to do so without technological breakthroughs.


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