Set-top Boxes (STBs) Specification Version 3.0/4.0

Set-top Boxes (STBs) Specification Version 3.0/4.0

Set-top Box (STB) Specification & Service Provider Requirements

The Versions 3.0 and 4.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top box (STB) specifications were finalized on January 21, 2011 and shall take effect on September 1, 2011 and July 1, 2013 (respectively). Materials related to this revision process are provided below. Partners and other interested parties with questions can contact Katharine Kaplan, US EPA, at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov.

Updated Automatic Power Down Requirements in the ENERGY STAR STB Version 3.0 Specification —October 2, 2012

EPA updated the ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Requirements clarifying the Automatic Power Down (APD) requirement of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box (STB) specification. The finalized documents are posted below.

Clarification to the Automatic Power Down Requirement - August 31, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making a clarification to the Automatic Power Down (APD) requirement of the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box (STB) specification in light of numerous questions. Please refer to the memo below.

Updated CSA Reference in the ENERGY STAR Test Method — June 7, 2012

 
EPA updated the ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Requirements so that the Test Method now references the latest version of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) C380-11 test procedure. The use of C380-11 is acceptable in place of the C380-08 edition. This update does not require labs to be re-assessed to the 2011 edition right away. Rather, labs should have the 2011 edition reflected on their next scope according to their existing assessment schedule.

August 12, 2011 - Clarification to the current ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Test Method

EPA has been asked by a certification body whether Set-top Boxes (STBs) undergoing qualification in a multi-room configuration need to also be tested in a single-room/single-output configuration. To streamline the testing process, EPA has updated the test method to allow testing of STBs in a multi-room configuration only, if that is the path to qualification chosen by a manufacturer.

ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Stakeholder Webinar - December 10, 2010

EPA hosted a conference call on Friday, December 10, 2010.

Stakeholder Comments on Final Draft Version 3.0 and 4.0 Set-top Box Program Requirements
Final Draft Version 3.0 and 4.0 Set-top Box Program Requirements

The Final Draft Version 3.0 and 4.0 Set-top Box Program Requirements and associated documents were released on November 30, 2010. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to email feedback to STBs@energystar.gov by December 20, 2010.

ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Stakeholder Webinar - October 4, 2010

EPA held a stakeholder Webinar on Monday, October 4, 2010. Meeting details are provided below.

Stakeholder Comments on Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Specification
Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Requirements - September 21, 2010

The Draft 2 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box specification was released on September 21, 2010. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to e-mail feedback to STBs@energystar.gov by October 22, 2010

Stakeholder Comments on ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Service Provider Proposal
ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Stakeholder Conference Call - July 7, 2010

EPA hosted a stakeholder conference call on Wednesday July 7, 2010 to discuss proposed revisions to the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for STB manufacturers and service providers. Comments on the service provider proposal are due to STBs@energystar.gov by July 30, 2010.

Stakeholder Comments on Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Specification
ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Stakeholder Meeting Follow-up - March 24, 2010

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to thank all stakeholders for their contributions to the STB specification development meeting this past Friday. As discussed at the meeting, EPA has completed the the attached Tier 2 proposal to supplement the Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box specification that was previously distributed for review. Comments on this new Tier 2 proposal are due to STBs@energystar.gov no later than Friday, April 9, 2010.

Draft 1 ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box Specification Stakeholder Meeting - March 19, 2010

EPA hosted an in-person stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC on Friday, March 19, 2010. Details from this meeting are posted below.

Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Specification - February 23, 2010

The Draft 1 Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Set-top Box specification was released on February 23, 2010. Manufacturers and other stakeholders are strongly encouraged to e-mail feedback on this Draft 1 Version 3.0 specification to STBs@energystar.gov by March 23, 2010.

ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 Set-top Box Data Collection Information

EPA is seeking test data for products that are being considered for inclusion in the next revision of the specification, including products currently covered by the STB specification and IP STBs that are sold outside of a dedicated service provider contract. The test data will be used to inform the development of requirements and qualification criteria for all products in Version 3.0. Below, you will find the latest ENERGY STAR STB test procedure (modified to include references to some new technologies that are under evaluation) and a data collection form for documenting test results. Data submissions are due to EPA no later than January 5, 2010.

Stakeholder Comments on ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Specification Revision Kick-off Call
ENERGY STAR Stakeholder Kick-off Conference Call - December 3, 2009

The ENERGY STAR Set-Top Box Specification Revision Kick-off conference call was held on Thursday, December 3, 2009. Links to meeting materials are provided below.

November 17, 2009 - Announcement Letter