LONDON NDS Group plc, a supplier of software, conditional access systems and architectural blueprints for digital pay-TV, has announced plans to reduce the energy consumption of digital televisions, set-top boxes and digital video recorders as well as its own "carbon footprint."
The initiatives support the global energy program of News Corp., the parent company of NDS (West Drayton, England).
One element of the NDS program is an automatic standby specification which switches electronic equipment to "standby" if it is inactive.
"Currently, an HD DVR can use as much power as a domestic refrigerator and we want to address this," said James Field, NDS director of technology at NDS, in a statement.
"With this new auto standby feature, we can help our customers' customers - namely, consumers of digital TV - to reduce their carbon footprint, with the additional benefit of lowering their electricity bills. We look forward to supporting both the environment and our consumers in this way - one set-top box at a time."
Software monitors whether viewers are using their DVR or STB and if the unit has not been used for a certain period an 'Auto Standby' warning displays on screen for a few moments. If there is no further use, the box moves into standby mode automatically and the hard disk will stop spinning.