A new EU energy-efficiency regulations coming into effect in March will prevent 8K TVs from being sold

If not amended, the new energy consumption regulations that will be implemented in March 2023 will cause big problems for the 8K industry, because the energy consumption regulations will make 8K TVs (and microLED-based displays) power consumption limits set so low that none of the 8K TVs currently on the market can meet this standard, meaning these devices cannot be sold within the EU. This will have a very chilling impact on all players working to grow the 8K ecosystem, including consumers, whose access to devices and innovation will now be limited.

In March 2019, the regulation stipulated that the energy efficiency index (EEI) of 8K TVs and microLED-based displays cannot exceed 0.9, the same as that of 4K TVs. The Energy Efficiency Index is a number calculated based on screen size and power consumption, and the 8K Association has confirmed that no 8K TVs currently reach this level of energy efficiency and will therefore be banned from the EU market.

Data from a number of displays placed on the market between 2012 and 2017 were assessed in the EU during the development of the methodology for determining the EEI of displays. Using verifiable statistics and sound scientific methods, limits are set for HD and UHD monitors, and the performance of different monitor families is differentiated. However, it is not possible to apply the same standard for displays above UHD and for microLED displays, as they only appeared on the market after the regulations.

The 8K Association believes that the direct application of the restrictions on 4K TVs to 8K TVs will greatly affect the European 8K industry, but the regulatory committee has the opportunity to solve this problem before the regulations take effect in March next year.

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