All 8K TVs and some 4K models could be banned from the European market from March 1, 2023. Previously, 8K and microLED TVs had an exemption in the EU rules, which were last updated on March 1, 2021. Energy efficiency regulations will be tightened. Some have criticized the EU rules for imposing the same requirements on 8K and 4K TVs – a so-called EEIMax of 0.90.
The head of the 8K Association, Chris Kinnock, explained as the head of TCL in a blog post that 8K panels generally consume more power because the pixels are smaller, but the spacing between pixels is the same as 4K screens. Therefore, a stronger backlight is required to achieve the same perceived brightness of the screen.
The 8K Association also points out that a ban on sales of these TVs in Europe will also affect the future development of TV. New technologies will have to be introduced at higher prices to recoup the investment needed to achieve these improved results, continue development and reduce costs.
Expensive TVs often have excellent brightness to meet people’s expectations, which also contributes to higher power consumption. In addition, image processing for 8K is more resource intensive and therefore more power-hungry than for lower resolutions.
There are currently no 8K TVs that meet the required level of energy efficiency and are therefore not allowed to be sold on the EU market. There are also quite a few 4K models that exceed the limits. Samsung’s “The Frame” is just at the limit with its 141 watts in the 75-inch version.