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

A recent decision by the Australian Federal Government (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.