Energy efficiency threatened by new TVs

Eleven of the twelve EC Member States are ready to support a £690 million plan to kick-start the development of high definition television (HDTV). But environmentalists claim that the energy consumption of HDTV sets will be five times that of conventional televisions - and that if the technology comes to dominate the market it could cancel out the benefits of the EC's energy efficiency programme.

The proposal is designed to support the EC's electronics industry in the face of Japanese and North American competition. Equipment manufacturers have already agreed analogue broadcasting standards known as D2-MAC and HD-MAC.

Funding under the EC plan would be used between 1993 and 1996 "to stimulate the rapid launching of a significant number of advanced satellite and cable television services" using the D2-MAC standard for wide-screen t

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