Digital TV software company Ocean Blue Software has developed an intelligent, “deep hibernation” software system for digital TVs and set-top boxes to reduce standby power consumption. 


Developed as part of its DVB software, Sunrise, the Eco-TV module monitors device usage and reduces consumption by switching off functions that are not required.

Standby power consumption currently costs UK householders over £500 million a year and produces some 3.1 million tones of CO2 according to figures from the Energy Saving Trust.

Ken Helps, the chief executive of Ocean Blue Software, said: “The proliferation of electronic devices in the home is pushing up power consumption, but few householders realise quite how much, this new technology should help save energy, money and help reduce our carbon footprint.” 

Freeview set-top boxes are said to consume almost 12 watts, on average, when in standby mode.

Some Freeview boxes and DVD recorders consume over 20 watts in standby.

Ocean Blue Software is currently working with several electronics manufacturers to implement Sunrise Eco-TV into future generations of chipsets and CE products.