26 Dec '11, 6am

We reported on 'vampire' set top boxes - and the cable industry committed to fixing the problem. Huzzah!

The cable industry announced a commitment to cut the energy use of those set top boxes that allow us to watch cable TV. According to the industry’s trade association, NCTA, a new R&D facility called "CableLabs – Energy Lab" will be created to help develop more efficient devices. This work is critical as installed boxes waste a whopping $2 billion/yr and six power plants worth of electricity when consumers are NOT watching or recording a show. In many cases, the DVR set top box is consuming more energy each year than the big screen TV it is connected to. With existing designs, hitting the off button on many of the boxes merely dims the clock and the device continues to consume near full levels of power 24/7. Consumers can ill afford this “Inefficiency tax” that is essentially imposed by the cable and satellite companies. No doubt NRDC’s in-depth study on set-top box energy ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/nhorowitz/cable_industr...

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