Watching the competition: Verizon looks to green set-top boxes

Verizon may be pulling back on the throttle when it comes to deploying FiOS everywhere, but the competitive service provider isn't slowing up on ways to differentiate itself from the cable industry. Verizon's most recent move is to trial Motorola set-top boxes that are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than current models. On the negative side, if the boxes run cooler won't consumers need to jack up heaters in the winter to offset the loss of heat coming from the boxes?

Having nothing to do with energy consumption, one new set-top model also boasts double the amount of storage capacity for digital video--an increasingly important feature as more subscribers record high definition programs. All the new Moto set-tops use "environmentally preferred materials that do not contain mercury or other substances of concern," the companies said in a news release. The boxes will also be packed in recycled cardboard.

"These set-tops will provide a better viewing and multimedia experience for our customers while helping them lower their energy consumption and utility bills," said James Gowen, chief sustainability officer at Verizon.

For more:
- see this news release

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