UPC Broadband, the European division of the leading international cable operator Liberty Global, today announced a program to reduce energy consumption of set-top boxes for digital TV (UPC Media boxes) as part of its Climate Challenge program.

Structural CO2 reduction within Liberty Global’s Climate Challenge Amsterdam, 14 September 2009 - UPC Broadband, the European division of the leading international cable operator Liberty Global, today announced a program to reduce energy consumption of set-top boxes for digital TV (UPC Media boxes). In cooperation with its vendors Thomson, Pace and Cisco, UPC is introducing a next generation of energy saving ‘green’ set-top boxes and a powersaving software update to be deployed to new and existing set-top boxes. The news was announced at IBC 2009, the leading international show for the electronic media industry in Amsterdam.

These initiatives fit within the Liberty Global Climate Challenge program, a company-wide environmental program designed to reduce carbon emissions. They are also helping UPC customers to reduce their carbon footprint and to reduce energy bills. The next generation of UPC’s set-top boxes will use less than 1 Watt in stand-by, while the average consumption levels (powered and stand-by time) can amount to around 5.5 Watt, which is about the same level as a typical clockradio. Deployment of the next generation green boxes has started in Switzerland, Ireland and Poland and is planned for the Netherlands and other countries from Q4 2009 onwards.

Next generation

The new UPC ‘green’ mediaboxes have been designed to use less than 1 Watt in stand-by. They consume around 5.5 Watt on average when activated 4.5 hours per day in the ‘eco’ mode in a household. In 2010, a software upgrade will enablethese set-top boxes to exceed upcoming requirements, allowing customers to select a mode of operation where the boxes will go into the low power standby mode automatically when not in use. The boxes will be supplied by UPC’s vendors Thomson (SD DVR), Pace (HD) and Cisco (HD DVR).

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