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January 26, 2009

AT&T U-verse TV Receives Energy Star Certification for Set-Top Boxes

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

AT&T U-verse TV is among the first video service providers to get the certification for its set-top boxes under the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR (News - Alert) program for video providers.
For the environmentally conscious customers, buying or using an environmentally safe product a matter of high importance. The awards such as those of ENERGY STAR program help these customers to identify the products which do not damage our ecosystem. If a product is certified energy efficient, it means that the product has been manufactured without harming the ecosystem and it will not create an imbalance in the ecosystem when it is being used.
Setting strict energy-efficiency specifications and promoting qualified products, ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy.
The AT&T U-verse TV customers will begin to receive Motorola (News - Alert) and Cisco receivers that feature the ENERGY STAR label with the ENERGY STAR certification. AT&T states that all deployed U-verse TV receivers — including those in customers' homes today without the ENERGY STAR label — already exceed the efficiency requirements.
“Today's consumers are looking for ways to save on energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint, and we're giving them another opportunity to do that with U-verse TV," said G.W. Shaw, executive director of AT&T (News - Alert) U-verse marketing. "We're committed to helping our customers support environmentally responsible efforts with more efficient products and services like the ENERGY STAR efficient set-top box.”
In an effort to meet the stringent ENERGY STAR standards, AT&T U-verse TV was the first video service provider to commit to deploying set-top boxes in May 2008. AT&T claims that U-verse TV customers IP-based set-top boxes are more energy-efficient than other digital set-top boxes due to of the inherent benefits of advanced Internet Protocol (IP) technology.
Recently, AT&T has signed a three year contract with Evolving Systems, a provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and Internet Protocol (IP) carrier market. The partnership will open the roads for global networking solution and voice services linking AT&T sites in the U.S., India and the United Kingdom.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray