The EU will ban your TV set? We explain

The EU will ban your TV set? We explain
The EU will ban your TV set? We explain

The Polish media circulated reports that the new standards introduced by the European Union were to wreak havoc on the TV market. We clear up doubts.

What will happen to the TV industry after March 1, 2023? Will most of the existing models disappear from the shelves? Will the European Union cut us off from the latest technologies by funding total stagnation? Polish media seem to be spinning such pessimistic visions, citing the analysis Digital Poland Association. But the question is, how much do the forecasts have to do with reality?

Eco-design regulation – what is it all about?

Let us start one by one, i.e. with the provisions to which the Association raises reservations. It is about EU Commission Regulation 2019/2021 of October 1, 2019 laying down ecodesign requirements for electronic displays (the full name is a bit longer, but there is hardly any need to quote it). As it is easy to see, the aforementioned regulations were established three years ago. In a nutshell, they are aimed at introducing standards that will force TV manufacturers to design greener products.

And these standards turn out to be a bone of contention. The regulation sets the maximum energy consumption for televisions that can be sold in the European Union. Standards in this area were to be introduced in two stages: the first threshold will apply from March 1, 2021, while the second, more stringent, will come into force March 1, 2023.

The standards themselves are defined in Annex II to the Regulation. They are calculated according to a formula that takes into account, inter alia, screen surface, resolution and technology in which it was made. After entering the appropriate data, we will quickly determine that for an example LCD TV with a diagonal of 65 “and UHD resolution, the power consumption from March 1, 2023 will not exceed 150 W, while in the case of an OLED panel with a diagonal of 55” the limit is 136 W.

No, the EU will not make your TV illegal

Ambitious values, however They are within the range of most of the panels we’ve had the opportunity to test in the past two years or so. Especially since we are not talking about power consumption in HDR mode or with maximum backlight, and the content of SDR and “normal configuration”so in most cases just the default settings.

So it’s hard to talk about a pogrom, at least when it comes to TV sets with 4K resolution and lower. Sure, some of the models currently available on the market will have to be withdrawn from sale, but according to our observations, the limits do not differ significantly from what manufacturers are already offering us today.

Are we going to end up with 8K TVs?

The situation changes a bit when we talk about 8K TVs that currently they are not subject to limits, but from March 1, 2023, they will be governed by the same standards as lower resolution panels. As Cyfrowa Polska points out, these standards have been developed on the basis of forecasts that have become largely outdated over the past few years. As a result, they do not reflect the market realities and completely delete the 8K TV segment.

But are you sure? Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to test 8K TVs yet, so we have to rely on information provided by manufacturers here. Indeed, if we look at the power consumption of the 65-inch Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN800B, it is 248 W. This is not even close to the 150 W limit that will apply from 2023. But already competitive (and positioned a bit lower, which is worth taking a fix for) the LG 65QNED969PA model consumes 146 W in the same situation, so it is successfully within the standard.

Of course, we did not review the entire offer of manufacturers, but only randomly checked the specification of a few selected models. However, it seems that you should not be afraid of the complete disappearance of 8K panels from the market. At worst, you can expect manufacturers to programmatically limit the default and / or maximum brightness on selected models.

However, such limits will only be necessary for SDR mode because the EU regulation does not provide any standards for maximum power consumption in HDR mode. For example, in the case of the previously mentioned LG model it is 240 W, yet the TV still meets the guidelines.

A problem for producers only

So it does not seem that the new regulation will be particularly harsh for consumers. On the contrary, it introduces a number of requirements related to the right to repair. For example, forces producers and importers of TV sets to supply spare parts for at least seven years from the date of placing the last copy of a given model on the market.


Where, then, do the apocalyptic visions regarding the EU regulation come from? It is worth recalling that most of the reports in this tone were based on a message issued by The Digital Poland Associationthat is an association representing, inter alia, all major TV manufacturers in Poland. And for manufacturers, the new regulations can actually be a problem, especially if their portfolio includes a large percentage of devices that are not adapted to the new standards.

We asked producers to comment on the Regulation and how the new standards will affect their offer. Unfortunately most of them refused to answerreferring us to the stand of Digital Poland.

ZIPSEE Cyfrowa Polska represents the position of Sony in legislative matters relating to the RTV industry. Should you have any additional questions, please contact the Association’s representatives directly.

– official position Sony Poland

We only got a bit more information from the company’s representative Sharpwho admitted that the new regulations did indeed pose a big challenge for producers, forcing them to reduce the energy consumption of televisions by an average of around 20-25 percent. At the same time, however all upcoming products of the company are already in line with the standards that will apply from March 1, 2023.

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Photo source: Alexandros Michailidis /

Text source: comp. own, European Commission, Związek Cyfrowa Polska

The article is in Polish

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