Cable Launches Energy Efficiency Initiative

CableLabs and the NCTA announced a new initiative dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of consumer set-top boxes and other devices and developing cable-enabled services designed to promote consumer energy conservation measures. A key element of the initi...

CableLabs and the NCTA announced a new initiative dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of consumer set-top boxes and other devices and developing cable-enabled services designed to promote consumer energy conservation measures. A key element of the initiative is the CableLabs - Energy Lab, a new facility within the cable industry's R&D consortium that will concentrate exclusively on improving energy efficiency.

SCTE President and CEO Mark Dzuban applauded the initiative, saying: "The steps being taken by NCTA and CableLabs align with key objectives of SCTE's Smart Energy Management Initiative. We look forward to providing the engineering and operations expertise, as well as the standards, that will help the industry and consumers to reduce energy consumption and costs."

The energy initiative will promote the development, testing, and deployment of technologies to enable cable subscribers to reduce and manage energy consumption in the home, including establishing new requirements for both cable video devices and network support systems. Among other things, the specifications are intended to enable the manufacturing of devices that have "sleep" capabilities to reduce power consumption when subscribers are not actively watching television.

After successful field testing of set-top boxes with next generation power management semiconductors, cable operators will begin promoting the deployment of the devices as part of their ongoing efforts to provide functional, reliable and energy efficient services.
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