CEA, Cable Companies, DOE Agree on Voluntary Set-Top Box Standards

Pay-TV Firms, CEA, Energy Agree On Set-Top Standards

Multichannel, December 23, 2013

The cable and consumer electronics industries, energy efficiency groups and the Department of Energy have struck a deal on voluntary energy efficiency standards for set-top boxes that they say will result in “significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes” while avoiding regulations that cable operators had argued would hurt, not help.

The new standards — including energy-use monitoring by pay-TV providers — are predicted to boost set-top box energy efficiency between 10% and 45%, depending on the box, by 2017.

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