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8K TVs may disappear from stores next year. Most 4K receivers are also at risk

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According to the Digital Poland Association, which associates domestic electronics producers, all the known 8K TV models, as well as most popular 4K receivers, may disappear from stores next year. It sounds quite shocking, but it turns out that such a scenario is very likely. All through the European Commission Ecodesign Regulation for Electronic Displays, which is to enter into force on March 1, 2023.

It is estimated that after the entry into force of the new EC regulation, not only all 8K TV sets, but also up to 70% of all 4K models and half of HD receivers will have to be withdrawn from stores. You can guess that we are talking about a group of low-end TV sets that consume more energy than more advanced models.

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As Michał Kanownik, president of the Association, explains, “The energy consumption limits for electronic displays with 8K and MicroLED resolution presented in the regulation of the European Commission are inadequate to the market situation. Producers of TV sets of this type will not be able to comply with the established limits”. As it turns out, the EU requirements for 8K displays are based on assumptions from 2014-2017, when the technology was just emerging. 8K screens entered the EU internal market at the end of 2018, while MicroLED panels only in 2022. In short, the latest EU requirements are not adapted to the actual level of technology development. It is estimated that after the regulations come into force, stores will have to be withdrawn not only from all 8K TVs, but also up to 70% of all 4K models and half of HD receivers. You can guess that we are talking about a group of low-end TV sets that consume more energy than more advanced models.

8K TVs may disappear from stores next year. Most 4K receivers are also at risk [1]

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As we read in the union’s statement: “We are asking for the intervention of the Minister (of development and technology, Waldemar Buda – editor’s note) on the European forum in order to conduct a thorough market review by the European Commission and make the EEI limits for 8K and MicroLED displays real”. It is clear that the aim is to postpone the entry into force of the new rules. The President of Cyfrowa Polska emphasizes that the matter is important because it concerns two important areas: “The first is the development of modern technologies, which are an opportunity for business, but also give consumers equipment with completely new possibilities. The second area is the competitiveness of the Polish economy in the digital world. Therefore, we believe that political intervention is extremely important in this case.”. Finally, it is worth adding that Poland is currently one of the European leaders in the production of modern audiovisual technologies. The strength of this industry today is, among others, five main production plants, numerous subcontractors, 30,000 employees and the production value of as much as PLN 36 billion per year.

Source: Digital Poland


The article is in Polish

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