Are Power-Hungry Plasma TV's heading for the chop?

A recent decision by the Australian Federal Government might have ripple effect in the UK as the power consumption of Plasma screens and LCD tellys come under scrutiny.

The report suggests the introduction of a six-star rating system similar to the one governing white appliances sold in the UK.

All current plasma TVs and some LCDs screens could be banned within 4 years as they fail to meet miminum energy standards.

However, another more mature technology, CRT (Cathode Ray Tube), is still commanding a sizeable share of the market and although their sales have been nose-diving, iSuppli, a market research firm, believes that they will still account for nearly two out of every five TV sold worldwide in 2009.

Understandably, due to cost factors, CRT is still the prevalent technology in emerging and developing countries.