Broadcast Tech & Engineering – Set-top box energy consumption down 58% since 2017

The Canadian Energy Efficiency Voluntary Agreement (CEEVA) for Set-Top Boxes has resulted in a 58% drop in average energy consumption since the program’s launch in 2017, according to new data. Five of the largest Canadian Pay TV service providers (Bell Canada, Cogeco, Rogers Communications, Shaw Communications, and Videotron) are signed on to the program in addition to manufacturers (CommScope, EchoStar Technologies, and Technicolor, soon to become VANTIVA), the Consumer Technology Association and CableLabs. A second program was launched in 2019 for small network equipment (SNE), such as modems and routers. According to a new independent annual report, the program has resulted in a fifth consecutive year of energy reduction from 116.2 kWh/yr to 48.5 kWh/yr. The report also found that 99.8% of all new set-top boxes purchased in 2021 met CEEVA efficiency levels, surpassing the energy efficiency goals established in the agreement. In the second year of reporting, 100% of new SNE purchases met the levels established in the agreement, while those purchased in 2021 were, on average, 38% more efficient than SNE purchased in 2020. Read more here.

Dejero’S EnGo 3x and Ross Video’s Ultrix FR12 Software Defined Routing System were among the Best of Show winners at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam in the TVBEurope category. Find the full Best of Show list here. IBC’s first live and in-person show in nearly three years, this year’s event attracted 37,071 visitors from 170 countries to the RAI Amsterdam, Sept. 9-12, to see over 1,000 exhibitors. 

SMPTE will honour industry luminaries and next-generation leaders at the SMPTE Awards Gala, taking place during the SMPTE Media Technology Summit, the society’s first in-person conference since 2019. The summit will wrap up with a gala and afterparty on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Loews Hollywood Hotel, hosted by 2021 Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award recipient Monica Brighton, host and producer of “That TVOkids Show” on TVOKids, as well as educational series “Backyard Beats.” This year, 17 honours will be bestowed upon 38 individuals and organizations. Honorary Membership will be conferred on Ang Lee and Charles H. Jablonski. Lee for his pioneering innovation in deployment of new technologies to enhance theatrical storytelling, including 3D and higher frame rates in the films “Life of Pi,” “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” and “Gemini Man.” Jablonski will be recognized for his decades of pushing the state-of-the-art in entertainment production and distribution, as well as his service to the education and mentorship of young entertainment engineers. Five individuals will receive the Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, including Peter Armstrong, Toronto Section, and Daniel Despa, Montreal/Quebec Section. Twelve new SMPTE Fellows will also be recognized, including Montreal-based Grass Valley systems architect Sylvain Marcotte. Find the full list of awards citations here.