AT&T U-verse TV Becomes One of First Providers to Receive Energy Star Certification for Set-Top Boxes
100 Percent of U-verse TV Receivers Meet or Exceed ENERGY STAR Efficiency Requirements
Dallas, Texas, Liberty Lake, Washington, January 21, 2009
AT&T U-verse operating companies today announced that AT&T U-verseSM TV is one of the first video service providers to receive certification for its set-top boxes under the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program for video providers.
With the ENERGY STAR certification, new AT&T U-verse TV customers will begin to receive Motorola and Cisco receivers that feature the ENERGY STAR label. 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 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."
AT&T U-verse TV was the first video service provider to commit to deploying set-top boxes that meet the stringent ENERGY STAR standards in May 2008. Because of the inherent benefits of advanced Internet Protocol (IP) technology, U-verse TV customers IP-based set-top boxes are more energy-efficient than other digital set-top boxes. AT&T U-verse receivers conform to energy efficiency requirements that are 36 percent more stringent than cable set-top box requirements. The improved efficiency is achieved, in part, because IP receivers don't have tuners.
"EPA, thru the ENERGY STAR program, helps consumers identify energy-smart products to help our environment," said Kathleen Hogan, Director of the EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "We're pleased to be working with AT&T on energy-efficient set-top boxes. These boxes help consumers reduce energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and costs."
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy that sets strict energy-efficiency specifications and promotes qualified products to help American consumers reduce their carbon footprint and save money.
AT&T operating companies provide a number of products and services that enable customers to increase energy efficiency and productivity while also reducing carbon emissions. Cutting-edge video conferencing like the AT&T Telepresence Solution helps customers decrease energy-intensive travel, reduce costs and increase efficiency by enabling employees to meet virtually anywhere and anytime. Through centralized Internet Data Centers, AT&T operating companies can help businesses eliminate unnecessary facilities and reduce their need for energy. AT&T operating companies also provides wireless solutions coupled with GPS-enabled devices that enable commercial fleet managers with real-time data to improve vehicle tracking, dispatching and routing while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The deployment of AT&T U-verse is rapidly introducing competitive choice and next-generation services to more consumers. AT&T U-verse customers enjoy quadruple-play integration, enhanced features and greater value, all made possible by IP technology. AT&T U-verse TV ranked "Highest in Residential Television Service Satisfaction in the North Central, South, and West Regions," according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Residential Television Service Provider Satisfaction StudySM.
For additional information on AT&T U-verse TV — or to find out if it's available in your area — visit http://uverse.att.com.
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AT&T received the highest numerical score among television service providers in the South, North Central and West regions in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Residential Television Service Satisfaction StudySM. Study based on 18,938 total responses from measuring providers in the South (13), North Central (11) and West (10) regions and measures consumer satisfaction with television service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in July 2008. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
AT&T U-verse services are provided by AT&T local telephone companies.
About ENERGY STAR
Energy Star was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the Energy Star label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes as well as schools and commercial buildings. Products that have earned the Energy Star prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2007 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved more than $16 billion on their utility bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles. For more information, visit: http://www.energystar.gov.