Set-top box energy efficiency

Energy efficiency of STV set-top boxes

In December 2009 the STV Industry, in conjunction with the Australian Government, established the Voluntary Code for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Conditional-Access Set Top Boxes.  A voluntary approach was most suitable given the industry’s size, and its interest and track record in proactively managing set top box energy efficiency.

The aim of the Code is to:

  • voluntarily minimise the overall energy consumption (kWh) used by set top boxes without limiting or impeding functionality and user convenience
  • set voluntary maximum energy consumption targets for set top boxes and associated testing procedures that endeavour to meet or exceed international best practice for equivalent equipment
  • advise the public of the existence and benefits of the Code and the commitments of Signatories to the Code.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Annex C to the Code sets out maximum energy consumption targets (expressed as kWh/year) for set top boxes based on functionality and a schedule for the commencement of stricter targets over time (known as ‘Tiers’). Tier 2a targets apply to set top boxes procured after 1 January 2016. Foxtel wishes to advise that due to circumstances beyond its control it will be necessary for it to continue to procure one of its set top box models, known as the iQ2.5 satellite model, beyond 1 January 2016. This model will not meet the Tier 2a target but will continue to meet the Tier 2 target as set out in the Code. Foxtel and the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Regulator have agreed that for the iQ2.5 satellite model Tier 2 limits will apply until 1 July 2017. All other set top box models procured by Foxtel will be subject to Tier 2a limits from 1 January 2016.  



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