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Failure rate of China's flat-panel TVs hits 14.5%

By Tu Lufang (Beijing Daily)

15:48, March 30, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

A total of 14.5 percent of the flat-televisions purchased by Chinese families have had malfunctions, most of which were screen failures, according to China Electronics Chamber of Commerce (CECC).

In March of 2011, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China brought the flat-panel television into the "three-guarantee" policy and clearly prescribed that the full flat-panel television should be guaranteed for a year and the screen should be guaranteed for three years.

According to a special report from the CECC, by the end of 2011, Chinese families had already owned 120 million flat-panel televisions and it is expected that they will buy another 42 million in 2012.

In the first half of 2012, the draft of the technical standards for the 3D television will be confirmed and submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China for examination. The technical standards for the smart television still have not been drafted and a certain period is still needed for the product to grow mature.

Taking the 3D television as an example, in order to watch 3D pictures, people have to be right in front of some 3D televisions, and some other 3D televisions give people health problems such as the visual fatigue and dizziness due to their too large depths of fields.

Generally, smart televisions also have such problems as too less functions, inconvenient operation and being hard to get access to the Internet, and the different platforms of different factories also make their application programs incompatible.

In addition, it is not that the thinner a LED television is, the better it is. Since some LED televisions are too thin, they do not have places and spaces to set their speakers, and therefore, their sound effects are much worse than those of traditional colored televisions.

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wende at 2012-03-3071.255.86.*
The problem lies with the buyers who are following the bandwagon. If my neighbor has flat screen, I must have one too. Honestly, the old tvs last longer than the new. Also, this does not excuse manufacturers from product high quality tv. TV should last 5 years if not longer under normal condition.

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