Another Reason to Turn off the TV

first_imgSet-top boxes in the U.S. consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to the annual output of six coal-fired power plants. Part of the reason is that they typically operate at nearly full power even during the two-thirds of the time when they are not in use.Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cable and other pay TV boxes that sit atop television sets consume massive amounts of energy, in part because they are always on, even when the TV is off?— Sam Winston, Metarie, LAWe hear a lot about how much energy modern day flat screen TV sets consume, but the innocuous set-top boxes that drive them, along with their built-in digital video recorders, may be even more to blame. A recent analysis conducted by the consulting firm Ecos on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that “the average new cable high-definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR) consumes more than half the energy of an average new refrigerator and more than an average new flat-panel television.” Overall, set-top boxes in the U.S. consume some 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. This is equal to the annual output of six average (500 megawatt) coal-fired power plants and accounts for the emission of 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.Part of the reason these boxes are such energy hogs is that they typically operate at nearly full power even during the two-thirds of the time when they are not actively in use driving TV screens or recording to built-in DVRs. “As a nation, we spend $2 billion each year to power these boxes when they are not being actively used,” reports NRDC.To make matters worse, American consumers have little if any choice about which set-top boxes they get from their cable or satellite service providers. Since the providers usually own the boxes yet don’t have to pay consumers’ electric bills, they have little incentive to utilize or develop more efficient models. In Europe, Sky Broadcasting is beginning to distribute more efficient equipment to subscribers there. NRDC is urging the largest pay-TV service providers in the U.S. (Comcast, Time Warner, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon and AT&T) to heed the efficiency call with their own set-top box and DVR offerings.Redesigning set-top boxes to power down when not in use is perhaps the biggest opportunity for energy savings. “Innovation to reduce power consumption when not in active use—such as has occurred with mobile phones, which also work on a subscriber basis and require secure connections—is sorely needed in set-top boxes,” counsels NRDC. Also, re-jiggering content delivery systems so that only one main set-top box sends signals to all the televisions in the house (or to lower power “thin client” boxes) could also cut down household electric bills and carbon footprints. The group adds that “better designed pay-TV set-top boxes could reduce the energy use of the installed base of boxes by 30 percent to 50 percent by 2020.”Last year the U.S. government released new energy efficiency standards for set-top boxes within its EnergyStar appliance efficiency rating program. While this new specification is a step in the right direction, consumers have little knowledge about such options. NRDC urges pay-TV subscribers to request that their providers make available set-top boxes and DVRs that meet the newer EnergyStar 4.0 standards. The more of us that request such improvements, the likelier they are to happen. And the cable or satellite provider that can save customers money while reducing overall environmental impact may just win over an increasingly large sector of the American people that actually cares about being green.CONTACTS: NRDC’s “Better Viewing, Lower Energy Bills, and Less Pollution,” www.nrdc.org/energy/files/settopboxes.pdf; EnergyStar, www.energystar.gov. EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Football News India Under-23 go 0-1 down to Qatar in preparatory game

first_imgIndia lost their game against Qatar. India’s first under the tutelage of new coach Derrick Pereira.The team will now turn its attention to the AFC U-23 Qualifiers later this month. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Dhoa: The Indian under-23 football team couldn’t convert the chances that came it’s a way and suffered a narrow 0-1 loss to Qatar in a preparatory match here ahead of the AFC Championship Qualifiers in Uzbekistan. Monday evening’s game was India’s first under the tutelage of new coach Derrick Pereira. Three of the starting XI players were from the Indian Arrows setup, while the likes of Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Anwar Ali, Rahul KP, and Komal Thatal were a part of the India U-17 World Cup squad two years back. India got off the blocks early, with Mehtab Singh, Komal Thatal and Rahul KP coming close in the early exchanges. However, it was Narender Gahlot, who had the best chance in the first half, as he jumped higher than the rest to send a powerful header towards the goal. However, it was saved by Qatari keeper Yazan Naim Hussein. Despite the chances created by Pereira’s men, it was Qatar, which got the breakthrough close to the half time break, when a Salmin Atiq pass from the right was met by Amro Abdelfatah Surag, who made no mistake. While a large part of the second half was played with both the teams trying to breach each other’s defences, Pereira made a number of changes. Boris, who had come on for Rahul KP, missed a tap-in after Daniel Lalhimpuia had set him up with a square ball.Rahim Ali had the best chance of the match when he found himself in front of an open goal, just 12 yards away from his target. However, he scuffed his shot, as it flew over the bar in injury time. With this preparatory game done, the team will now turn its attention to the AFC U-23 Qualifiers later this month.last_img read more

5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss the ESI Super Forum

first_imgThe ESI Super Forum is now edging ever closer, with the one-day event to take place on the 22nd March 2018.Examining the crossover between traditional sports and the burgeoning esports industry, Esports Insider is set to welcome the best in the industry to Stamford Bridge, the home of the English football champions to discuss pertinent issues in what’s sure to be an epic day.For ticket information and more details, click here.We put together the top five reasons why you should not miss the chance to head down to Stamford Bridge in March.1. Industry leading speakers and compelling panelsTeam ESI has always taken pride in crafting top panels for our events. Be it at Betting on Esports 2017 or our ESI Forum Series, each and every panelist was selected for what they could contribute to the discussion. The ESI Super Forum is absolutely no different. We’re set to welcome the likes of Nikolaj Nyholm, RFRSH Entertainment CEO; Nicolas Maurer, Team Vitality CEO, North CEO Christian Sorensen and Ian Smith, Commissioner of ESIC to name just a few for a fantastic day of knowledge sharing and discussion. The content agenda includes a look at the media rights and broadcasting situation in esports, the value of team ownership in esports, where and how sports clubs fit in, a data focused round table from Abios and many more. 2. Ample networking opportunity and the Esports Insider Business ZoneWe’ve structured the day carefully so that content doesn’t take over. Whilst learning from speakers is important, it’s also just as vital to speak to delegates and speakers alike. With two hours of networking allocated, there’s plenty of time to meet a business contact of the future. There will also be refreshments throughout the day to ensure all guests are fed and watered. At Stamford Bridge we’ve used our allocated space perfectly to craft a designated exhibition space. Companies will be welcome to network and float between exhibitors stands, grab a coffee and find out more about recent industry developments.3. SBC’s Betting on Football ConferenceThe ESI Super Forum is running alongside SBC Global’s renowned Betting on Football conference which’ll welcome 1,500 attendees over two days. This one will see attendance from stakeholders from across the betting landscape, not to mention a host of top football clubs including Juventus, AS Roma, Leicester City and plenty more. For those with a vested interest in both esports and football, this is another string to the Super Forum’s bow. 4. An ESI tournamentFor anyone that attended the ESI Forum at Fnatic’s Bunkr – you’ll know just how seriously we take our tournaments. With prizes from Ninjas in Pyjamas caps through to signed Marcus Rashford shirts we’ve put taken our delegates out of their comfort zone and tested their true esports ability. From FIFA to Rocket League to Tekken, there’s always been a new challenge and the ESI Super Forum will be no different – except it will, of course, be both bigger and better.5. A fabulous after partyNo event is quite complete without a fabulous after party. Included in the ESI Super Forum ticket is access to the official after party. Under the Bridge is Roman Abramovich’s recently refurbished London club and will be the final destination. Prior to that, the World Cup Bar will be serving drinks from 17:00 – 20:30. It’s most definitely not one to miss.Check through the full agenda and secure your tickets for the ESI Super Forum here…last_img read more