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The average American over the age of 2 spends more than 34 hours a week watching live television, says a 2012 Nielsen report — plus another three to six hours watching taped programs. In the meantime, other ways to watch TV programs are gaining popularity, such as video streaming on a computer or a mobile device. What kind of new set-top boxes and new features are being deployed to meet the demand? How is this trend of pervasive “TV watching” going to impact the energy consumed in delivering the content?

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CalPlug's second full-day set-top box workshop held at the end of October brought together 75 academics, manufacturers, service providers, utility and public agency representatives, who brainstormed energy-saving approaches to device usage.

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CalPlug hosted a one-day workshop to promote converged efforts in developing and adopting energy efficient set-top boxes (STB). To ensure informed decisions and actions on technology and business development, a broad range of experts were invited to represent: TV service providers, STB and microelectronics manufacturers, utilities and public agencies.

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