Planned obsolescence: do our televisions have a reduced lifespan?

Planned obsolescence: do our televisions have a reduced lifespan?

The average lifespan of televisions is seven and a half years in France. It is little for these sophisticated devices, judges an association which points the finger at the programmed obsolescence.

Planned obsolescence: do our televisions have a reduced lifespan?

About fifty televisions are waiting to be repaired by a repairer. Three or four devices are added every day. A customer’s television suddenly stopped. “The device is rather recent, it is 6 years old. It’s been early ”, explains the repairman. The average lifespan of a television is seven and a half years in France. Only 29% of broken televisions were repaired between 2017 and 2019. The problem often stems from elements that are difficult to change, such as the LED bars, located inside the television.

Getting manufacturers moving

These components are singled out by an association which fights against planned obsolescence. “We have small components that are undersized and break down too often. And afterwards, you have to change a whole panel, a central and extremely expensive element, rather than this small component which costs very little, that’s the problem ”, denounces Laetitia Vasseur, director of the association Halte à obsolescence programmed.

Our Sources:

For statistics change of televisions; https://www.halteobsolescence.org/hop-lance-un-appel-aux-fabricants-pour-des-televiseurs-plus-durables/

For sustainability: https://labo.fnac.com/guide/barometre-fnac-darty-sav-edition-2019-d disponible/

TV failures: https://www.ademe.fr/sites/default/files/assets/documents/infographie-etude-francais-reparation-2019-3-televiseur.pdf

Non-exhaustive list