The future of 8K TVs is in danger because the EU new consumption limits are too low.

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While I still do not see the need for an 8k screen, we also know that blogger resolutions often require more energy. And that's about to come to a halt due to new EU legislation.

On March 1, 2023, all new TVs will have to meet stricter rules, including a lower maximum level for how much power they can use. The European Union most recently updated its Energy Label in March 2021 which resulted in many TV models being moved to the lowest energy class (G). On March 1, 2023, even stricter requirements including a lower maximum level for power consumption will be imposed on all new TVs produced reports flatpanelshd.

Representatives from Samsung Electronics told FlatpanelsHD that they think 8K TVs can meet the new rules, but it will not be easy. In either case, it is bad news for 8K TVs because the rule will force TV makers to give up or make compromises in the short term.

- "With the 8K EU Regulatory Ruling, March 2023 will be a bad time for the new 8K industry if something does not change. That is when new EU rules about how much power you use will start to take effect. The limits on how much power 8K TVs and microLED displays can use are so low that almost none of these devices will pass "in a post, the 8K Association wrote. Today, OLED TVs are allowed to consume a bit more power than LCD TVs ("LED", "QLED", "miniLED" etc.) while microLED and all types of 8K TVs are exempt from having to comply with the maximum power limit, which is why they can be sold in Europe. Starting March 1, 2023, there will no longer be exceptions for any display technology or 8K TVs. "The EEI of an electronic display shall not exceed the maximum EEI (EEImax) according to the limits in Table 1", says EU.

Table 1EEImax for electronic displays with resolution up to 2 138 400 pixels (HD)EEImax for electronic displays with resolution above 2 138 400 pixels (HD) and up to 8 294 400 pixels (UHD-4k)EEImax for electronic displays with resolution above 8 294 400 pixels (UHD-4k) and for MicroLED displays
March 1, 2021 0,90 1,10 n.a.
March 1, 2023 0,75 0,90 0,90

FlatpanelsHD has done the calculations for EEImax (Energy Efficiency Index) for various popular TV size classes. Here is what it means for LCD, OLED and microLED TVs, both 4K and 8K.

Size class

: Maximum power for 4K and 8K TVs
40" 48 W
42" 53 W
48" 66 W
55" 84 W
65" 112 W
75" 141 W
77" 148 W
83" 164 W
85" 169 W
88" 178 W
EU energy labels for existing 4K and 8K TVs (see table below) provide some context as to why it will be so hard for 8K TVs, both LCD and OLED, to comply. Standard 4K LCD TVs and 4K OLED TVs should pass without changes but some high-end 4K LCD TVs with advanced zone-dimming could also be in trouble.

The requirements relate to the default picture mode that a TV ships with. TVs can still offer other picture modes that consume more power as manual selections that must present on-screen a warning notification making the user aware of the increased energy consumption.

The EU has scheduled a review of the 2023 Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) by the end of 2022 so it remains to be seen if anything changes before March 2023. EU's energy labelling and ecodesign legislation is designed "to eliminate the least performing products from the market", the European Commission said in 2021.

The future of 8K TVs is in danger because the EU new consumption limits are too low.

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