In Australia, the land down under where everything is somehow deadly, the latest casualty just might be plasma TVs. As TVs get bigger and brighter, they naturally use more energy. Australia is on the cusp of adopting a new energy-rating system for electronics in a six-star system. Plasma TVs, however, wouldn't make the cut.
So the Australian Broadcasting Company is trying to either work them into the law regardless, or, more likely, get suppliers to tweak Australian-bound HDTVs to fall within regulations. Since the system won't be in place until 2011, there should be plenty of time for the industry to adjust to where they'll need to be. Uh, mate.