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OLED TV Burn In Issues Tests Reveal Problems

New concerns have emerged regarding the life expectancy and burn in issues associated with OLED TV’s following extensive testing in Canada.

TV review site Rtings set out to test claims that OLED TV’s in particular LG OLED panels that are being used by several brands including Sony, Panasonic and Loewe were facing burn in issues where an image is left etched into a screen.

Rtings now claim that the 10 year life that LG claims you can get out of its OLEDs panels without burn-in becoming a problem may in fact be a problem.

The new test has suggested that the problem could set in after just 4,000 hours of use − or after just over two years with five hours of viewing a day.

The test, which was based on a pretty extreme use case has revealed issues.

In its test, the site played content in five-hour chunks on 2017 LG C7s, with a one hour rest in between. This led to the TVs being on for around 20 hours a day.

The test saw a variety of different content, including gaming content, news, general TV and sport, played on TVs at a number of different brightness’s.

Gaming content and news suffered the worst from burn-in when the TVs were set to maximum brightness. The problem here is that both feature static logos that appear on the screen most, if not all, of the time. After 4,000 hours, both TVs faintly displayed these logos constantly, no matter what was watched.

This is significantly shorter than LG’s claimed 30,000 hours of use before burn-in sets in.

In the event of an extreme burn in issue watching content that has a permanent logo or user interface on it for five hours a day is deemed extreme.

The testers claim that it’s not outside of the realms of possibility if you’re someone that plays a single game exclusively, or if you watch just one channel consistently that has a watermark on the image.

However, for most people, these latest findings probably won’t be an issue, and you’ll probably need to upgrade your TV for a host of other reasons before any kind of burn-in sets in.

Only OLED TV’s suffer from this issue.