Rob Pegoraro's post | Latest updates on Sulia
Two words that could impede the cable industry's goal of increasing cable-box energy efficiency: installed base.
The cable and electronics businesses want you to know the cable box isn't the same energy hog, and they want the Feds to know new regulations aren't needed to improve things further.
So today, representatives of the National Cable Telecommunications Association and the Consumer Electronics Association had a media briefing about a voluntary deal inked in December by all the big names in cable and satellite, which they say will lead to "$1.5 billion in annual residential electricity savings." (http://www.cabletechtalk.com/industry-news/taking-important-strides-in-implementing-energy-efficiency-agreement/)
A handout led off with impressive stats: where a 2002-era, standard-def DVR used 219.2 kilowatt-hours a year and a 2006 HD DVR used 395.6, a 2013 HD model uses only 170.
But when the useful life of a DVR can run 5 to 7 years, many customers will keep paying for wasted electricity unless cable operators get a lot more persuasive in encouraging upgrades.