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Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the requirements for set-top boxes provided by the Digital Switchover Help Scheme include an on/off button; and if he will make a statement. (151255)

[holding answer 24 July 2007]: The Core Receiver Requirements for digital switchover Help Scheme equipment state that any digital receiver provided as part of the scheme shall have a power switch in an easily accessible position with which the receiver can be placed into its lowest possible consumption mode (e.g. standby). The requirements also require that a corresponding function should be included in the design of the remote control for such receivers.

Set-top boxes remain on low power standby rather than being switched off completely when not in use, in order to allow them to receive important over-the-air downloads (for example, to rescan for frequency changes), in a way which causes minimum disruption for the viewer, at very low levels of energy consumption.