Jun 112016

TV in standby mode – How much does it actually cost?

The answer might well surprise you.

TVs might have jumped from 18 inches to 55-inch monsters while being put on a serious tech Atkins, but they’ve become a lot more energy efficient. Instead of guzzling power like an electrically charged competitive eater, they now drip feed themselves the bare minimum of juice.

Standby mode is like putting your TV to sleep without fully turning it off. It allows it to turn on much more quickly than if fully powered down, meaning the results of that button press is almost instantaneous and you’re not going to miss the start of The X Factor.

On standby mode, power isn’t used for the TV’s primary function, but can power a red notification light on an integrated digital clock, dependant on the model.

According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), your TV is now one of the most energy efficient bits of equipment in your home, consuming less power on average per month than your hairdryer, iron or kettle – unless you’re sporting an old boxy TV that is, in which case, seriously, what’s wrong with you? Upgrade already.

While your old CRT might have guzzled northwards of £15 a year without even being switched on, modern flatscreen LCD units consume far less power. Obviously the exact amount of power your TV uses when on standby mode is going to vary slightly depending on the exact make and model. Whatever the brand, however, it won’t require much power as all TVs now have to adhere to strict EU legislation when it comes to standby power usage.

As a result, according to EDF Energy, leaving your 32-inch TV on standby for a year would consume just 1.6W of power, at an annual cost of…

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Feb 092015

Regional Spanish broadcaster Andalucía TV is set to return to Astra and Hispasat in Canal+ deal.

Canal Sur, the international channel from Radio Televisión de Andalucía (RTVA) is set to return to satellite DTH as a free-to-air channel thanks to a new distribution agreement with the Canal+ group.

Canal Sur started its satellite broadcasts in February 1996, but had to stop transmission this January due to lack of funds. The move led to disappointment with viewers of the channel in Spain and with expats in Germany and other countries; even viewers in Andalucia were affected by the removal of the DTH broadcasts, as terrestrial reception proved to be unsatisfactory in some parts of the province.



Nov 242014

Television streaming service Aereo Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after a US supreme court ruled in June that the company’s business model violated copyright laws.

Aereo, in which Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp has a 23.30% stake, said in a Chapter 11 filing late on Thursday said it would sell its assets or reorganize.

The court said Aereo had infringed copyrights of broadcasters by capturing live and recorded programs through antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for $8-$12 a month.

The ruling was a victory for broadcasters such as CBS , NBC, ABC and Fox.

In a statement, the company said: “Given the uncertain regulatory and legal climate after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June reversal of a lower appellate court ruling in the company’s favor, Aereo’s CEO and Board of Directors have determined that Chapter 11 reorganization is the next logical step to ensure that the company’s core value is preserved while the company restructures. Chapter 11 will permit Aereo to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn out litigation in several courts.”

Aug 172014

New research reveals that despite the growth in TV viewing via PC, tablet and smartphones, 89% of viewers still regularly use the TV to watch their content live – with 85% also stating that the TV is their preferred screen.

The research from global broadcast solutions provider BroadStream Solutions, who polled a representative sample of the UK population in conjunction with YouGov, also found that 83% of Brits still use the TV as a social hub for the household, opting to all watch in the same room – like something out of Royle Family or Goggle Box.

According to the data, When it comes to entertainment shows like Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice or X Factor, of those consumers that watch these programmes 81% prefer to do so on TV and live rather than on catch-up or using any other device. Similarly, with sports events like the 6 Nations Rugby or Wimbledon, of those that watched these match-ups last year 88% preferred to do so live and on a television.

“The range of services now available to consumers certainly gives them the opportunity to consume TV content in new ways, but the focal point of the living room is increasingly becoming the TV once again. It is traditional ‘live’ TV that continues to be the cornerstone of any broadcaster’s service, offering the viewer a constant reference point throughout their viewing experience,” commented Mark Errington, CEO, BroadStream Solutions.

“We also can’t forget that news, sport, and entertainment are all areas that people still want to watch in real-time, whether it’s in order to vote on X Factor or watch their favourite football team, these are events that simply don’t have the same impact when recorded.”