Last updated: October 20, 2022 at 14:57 UTC + 02: 00

The European Union is preparing to impose stricter energy requirements for TVs on March 1, 2023. This move to push the least-performing product out of the European market could lead to a ban on all 8K TVs next year. And yes, it apparently covers the Samsung 8K TV range in Europe.

TV manufacturers operating in Europe are not very happy with the upcoming regulations that may be imposed by the European Union. The 8K association of which Samsung is part said that “Unless something changes, March 2023 will spell trouble for the growing 8K industry […]. Power consumption limits for 8K TVs (and microLED displays) are set so low that virtually none of these devices will pass.

The first phase of this new strategy set by the European Union started in March 2021 with the restructuring of the energy label, with countless TV models downgraded to the lowest energy class (G). The next step in March 2023 will be the introduction of more stringent energy requirements. These new standards may not be achievable without serious compromises.

According to Samsung representatives quoted by Flat HDthe company may be able to meet the upcoming regulation for the European market, but this will not be an easy task.

There is still hope for Samsung and other TV brands

The good news for smart TV manufacturers operating in Europe is that the EU has not yet enacted new rules. The European Union will review the Energy Efficiency Index 2023 (EEI) by the end of this year, so there is a chance that these upcoming energy requirements will be revised.

Another good news for TV brands, including Samsung, is that the upcoming regulations may only apply to the picture mode, which is enabled by default on smart TVs. In other words, smart TV manufacturers may be able to bypass these regulations by adjusting the default picture mode to use less energy. However, it is not known if this can be achieved without ruining the user experience out of the box, especially with 8K TVs.

For picture modes that require more energy, TV manufacturers will have to inform the user of the higher energy demand, which Samsung TVs are already doing. Once again, these laws are aimed at eliminating underperforming brands, and Samsung is not one of them, meaning the company can find a solution without sacrificing too much image quality.

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