Ops, Vendors Team on Set-Top Energy Savings

According to the NCTA and the CEA, 15 multichannel video providers and device manufacturers are launching a "Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement" that's intended to save $1.5 billion or more annually in residential electricity costs as the commitment is fully realized.

Participating companies include providers (listed according to number of customers) Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon, Charter, AT&T, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and CenturyLink, as well as manufacturers Cisco, Motorola, EchoStarTechnologies and ARRIS.

Through the voluntary, five-year agreement, which goes into effect Jan. 1, the companies commit to the following:

  • At least 90% of all new set-top boxes purchased and deployed after 2013 will meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR 3.0 efficiency levels. Based on market projections for set-top box deployments, this will result in residential electricity savings of $1.5 billion annually.

  • For immediate residential electricity savings, "light sleep" capabilities will be downloaded by cable operators to more than 10 million deployed DVRs. In 2013, telco providers will offer light sleep capabilities, and satellite providers will include an "automatic power down" feature in 90% of set-tops purchased and deployed.

  • Energy efficient whole-home DVR solutions will be available as an alternative to multiple in-home DVRs for subscribers of satellite and some telco providers beginning in 2013.

  • "Deep sleep" functionality in next generation cable set-tops will be field tested and deployed if successful.

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