What should you know about choosing ENERGY STAR certified Set-top Boxes?
Most set-top boxes are given to consumers as part of their contract with a service provider, rather than sold independently at retail stores. So, when you are deciding on a cable or satellite service, be sure to ask the service provider for an ENERGY STAR certified set-top box.
If you currently have cable or satellite service, check with your service provider to find out what, if any, upgrade options are available. ENERGY STAR Partners who provide cable and satellite services may be able to provide newly certified boxes as part of your service.
Be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR when shopping for set-top boxes
Current Specification Effective Date: Version 5.1: January 1, 2017
Version 5.1 ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Set-top Boxes became effective for all products excluding Thin Clients on January 1, 2017. Thin Clients must meet Version 5.1 requirements by January 1, 2018. The revised requirements include more stringent performance levels as well as incentives for operation in Deep Sleep State (less than or equal to 1 watt), Scheduled Sleep, use of Thin Clients, and streaming directly to a smart TV in multi-room setups.