Set top boxes

Set top boxes without a recording function must comply with minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) if they’re to be sold in New Zealand.

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Our guidelines tell you which products are covered by MEPS, and how to register products and comply with the regulations.

Voluntary code for complex set top boxes

EECA has adopted a voluntary energy performance code to cover complex set top boxes. Set top box technology is fast moving, so as more complex models with features like MPEG4 high definition and recorders grow in popularity, it's increasingly important to ensure consumers are able to find energy efficient models.

EECA adopted a voluntary energy performance code to cover complex set top boxes in 2011. In September 2011, SKY television made a formal commitment to the voluntary code for their complex models, introducing an energy savings function on all MYSKY HDi receivers. This function reduces energy use by around 20%.

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Since 2012, Freeview has been promoting energy efficient models of complex set top boxes on their website. The Freeview Energy Efficient labels make it easy to identify efficient models.

 For more info about the voluntary code email: regs@eeca.govt.nz