AT & T set-top boxes garner Energy Star certification

Wed, 01/21/2009 - 7:20am
Mike Robuck

AT&T said today that it’s one of the first service providers to receive Energy Star certification for the company’s U-verse set-top boxes.

The set-top boxes for AT&T’s U-verse service are made by Motorola and Cisco. New AT&T U-verse TV customers will begin to receive Motorola and Cisco receivers that have the Energy Star label. AT&T said all deployed U-verse TV receivers — including those in customers' homes today without the label — already exceed the efficiency requirements.

AT&T said it was the first video service provider to commit to deploying set-top boxes that meet the Energy Star standards in May of last year. Due to AT&T’s IP delivery system, the company’s set-top boxes were already more energy efficient than cable boxes because they don’t need tuners, according to AT&T.

Energy Star is a voluntary program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy that sets strict energy-efficiency specifications and promotes qualified products to help American consumers reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

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