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The potential exists for substantial energy savings from more efficient Set-Top Boxes (STBs), including digital TV converter boxes, cable boxes, and satellite receivers/tuners. Much of this potential is driven by the scheduled conversion to digital broadcasting in 2007, which will require analog television sets to use some type of set-top box (either a digital converter box, or a digital cable box or satellite tuner that also serves as a converter) to display programming. The growing interest in digital cable and satellite programming and their expanding services also presents an opportunity for new policies and programs to curtail the energy consumption of STBs.
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