8K TVs: towards a ban in Europe from 2023

8K TVs: towards a ban in Europe from 2023

8K is Ultra High Definition: “8K“ because it is almost 8,000 pixels wide (7,680 pixels to be precise) by 4,320 pixels high, that is, a little more than 33 million pixels in total, to compare with the 8 million pixels -only- of a 4K screen. Who says 8K, says an image of unmatched precision and sharpness, but at the cost of those 33 million points to feed the screen.

Who says more pixels says that more processors and computing power are required. And inevitably, 8K consumes more: twice as much on average as 4K. Until now, 8K screens were not affected by European standards on energy efficiency, but that could change from March 1, 2023 with, as a consequence, a total ban, throughout the European Union, of these too-greedy screens. .

The possible new limits not to be exceeded are marked by a European energy efficiency index (IEE) that establishes a maximum consumption in Watt, for each screen diagonal, and it does not matter now if it is in 4K or 8K. For example, in the next version, 53 W per hour for a 42-inch TV, 84 W for a 55-inch screen and 178 W, the absolute upper limit, for an 88-inch TV, the largest size expected in the scale. . This would therefore be the new maximum authorized power. Beyond that, the sanction would therefore be a ban on marketing throughout the European Union.

From this index flow the ratings, from A to G, that manufacturers must show: this rating appears on the famous energy label that also indicates the size of the diagonal of the screen (in centimeters and inches), the presence or not of a switch to change to an “Off” mode where the consumption is less than 0.01W, the power in Watts and the annual consumption. This index was already updated two years ago, with the consequence of penalizing most flat screens by giving them a G, the worst grade, but also of giving more information to European consumers, with a QR code to scan and the mention of the electrical consumption. with HDR mode on.

With the new index on which the European Commission must decide before the end of the year, not only would the maximum consumption thresholds be even lower, but 8K screens, already out of limits today, would no longer benefit from an exemption and they are effectively excluded from the European market.

LG indicates, for one of its 88-inch 8K models from 2022, a consumption of 306 W in SDR, 495 W in HDR: we are very far from the maximum 178 W that could be imposed as of March 1. Similar observation at Samsung with a maximum consumption of 475 W (326 W average), for one of its 85″ QLED screens from 2022.

“If it happens, 8K, for us, will be over.”

Marek Maciejewski, Director of Product Development at TCL Europe

on HD flat screens

This threatened ban in Europe would be very bad news for manufacturers. We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars in R&D already spent around 8K, just for one of them… Having to draw a line under Europe could be fatal though.

In the Chinese TCL, we say it clearly: “If it happens, 8K for us, it’s over.” according to Marek Maciejewski, European Product Development Manager, known for flatpanelsHD at IFA 2022, in early September in Berlin. Samsung speaks of great efforts to be made and admits that it will not be easy. On the other hand, LG has announced new 8K models for next March. “that will respect the new European regulations”. Let’s hope that the Korean avoids the easy solution that would consist, from the factory, of limiting the brightness to the detriment of image quality.

Finally, let’s think about those who have already bought an 8K screen and are desperately waiting for 8K content: this threat of a ban will not help, since the channels have found their happiness in 4K (8 million pixels) for production and Full HD (2 million pixels) for transmission. Some will say that at these levels of definition (4K and 8K), progress is no longer really perceptible to our eyes. So is it really worth it if you consume twice as much?


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