According to the EU’s power-saving regulations, 8K televisions should actually disappear from the market. But now the TV manufacturers have discovered a loophole to continue selling their luxury devices.
The way we consume content is constantly changing. About ten years ago, it was absolutely incredible that the internet connection could deliver content in 720p resolution. 4K image resolution has now become the norm.
For comparison: HD (720p) represents around 922,000 pixels. With Full HD (1080p) there are around two million and with UHD (4K) even up to eight million. Nevertheless, the classic Full HD should still be the standard for most of us.
Although most TVs already have a 4K resolution – with statistics from a paragraph of over 122 million devices run out – but there is hardly any content for the format. Because honestly, how many people opt for the largest Netflix subscription to only be able to see a small amount of content in UHD?
8K TVs offer four times the resolution of 4K
Nevertheless, there is always room for improvement. After the 4K standard, TV manufacturers have already developed the next evolutionary step: 8K. An 8K television represents more than 33 million pixels. The image resolution is four times higher than that of 4K devices.
It should be no secret that such TV sets are not exactly energy-saving. Because the more detailed content a screen can display, the higher the power consumption. It even went so far that the manufacturers of 8K televisions could no longer meet the efficiency regulations of the European Union.
8K: This is how manufacturers circumvent the EU’s power-saving regulations
The new regulations have been in effect since March 1, 2023 and initially suggested that many devices would disappear from the shelves. But Samsung, LG, Sony and Co. now have an idea how to make the new laws comparatively simple to be able to deal with.
The magic word here is “eco mode”. Because under certain circumstances, even the latest 8K devices meet the EU requirements. To do this, manufacturers only have to set a mode with lower brightness. That is already enough for an EU label. Environmentalists can respect these guidelines, TV enthusiasts can overwrite them comparatively easily.