New EU legislation could ban 8K TVs, but I wouldn't mourn their loss

Graphic of boxing gloves representing the EU versus 8K TVs
(Image credit: Future,

From March 2023 the EU is introducing new energy efficiency rules which could effectively ban the sale of the most power-hungry televisions, with 8K models being top of that list. This came as a surprise to me. Not because the EU is making such legislation - that's nothing new (as detailed below) - but because I was under the impression that modern, flat panel LCD and OLED displays were already energy efficient.

The transition from inefficient analog cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions to LCD flat panel screens heralded a new era of low-power TV viewing. But since then both screen sizes and their native resolutions have climbed ever higher, and now we have huge 8K TVs which ravage far more power than you might expect.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.