Putting at rest consumer apprehensions regarding set top boxes (STBs) consuming more than 20 watt of power, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has said that STBs will consume less electricity than a CFL bulb.
A note issued by the Ministry stated, “Recently, it has been reported in some sections of the press that digitisation of cable TV would result in huge power consumption by the set top boxes. It has been wrongly informed that the cable STBs consumes 20 watts of power. STBs of a number of makes and models are supplied by Multi System and Local Cable Operators.”
The Ministry released a table showing the power rating of cable set top boxes of different makes:
The Ministry also maintained that digitisation will offer huge benefits to consumers in terms of providing superior quality of picture and sound, choice of channels from a large bouquet, movies and games on-demand, and more. These benefits will be available to consumers at nominal electricity consumption.
The note further stated that in most homes STBs are generally not switched off and kept on standby mode even when no one’s watching TV so as to avoid the time taken by the STB to reboot and to bring the telecast back on screen from switch-off mode. Power consumption in standby mode is even lesser.
Meanwhile, Rupinder Singh Sodhi, a resident of Delhi, has filed a petition in the Delhi High Court against the government decision to make it compulsory for consumers to switch to digital cable. The respondents in the petition are the I&B Ministry, Ministry of Power, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
The petition also said that the STB will have implication for power consumption in the country. As a normal STB requires 17 watts of power, and with add on services, electricity requirement will go up to 28 watts. High definition will consume even more power, the petition stated.