UPC Broadband is rolling out a new generation of 'green' set-top boxes with its suppliers Cisco, Pace and Thomson. The STBs have been designed to use less than 1W in stand-by mode and consumer an average of 5.5W. This will significantly reduce power consumption with an anticipated annual power consumption of 32KWh for the HD version and 55KWh for the PVR, if used for 4.5 hours a day.
The operator is also planning a system-wide software upgrade, which will apply to all outstanding STBs and introduce an Auto Standby functionality. This will switch off the set-top if there are no interactions for 3.5 hours.