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An ENERGY STAR® certified digital media player is 45% more efficient than a standard model!

Many Canadians are now streaming their video content using digital media players (also known as “over-the-top” streaming devices or streaming media players) instead of using cable or satellite services to watch television. According to a 2017 report by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, almost 60% of Canadians stream television programs online. Digital media players are inexpensive, easy to use, and quick to install.

Person streaming content on TV in living room.

Benefits of ENERGY STAR certified digital media players

  • Most efficient device to stream content to your TV.
  • Use 4 times less energy than a traditional cable/satellite set-top box.
  • Use 11 times less energy than a computer to stream.
  • Use 15 times less energy than a game console.


ENERGY STAR symbol high efficiency : haute efficacité

All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Start your research using the ENERGY STAR Product Finder tool to find and compare certified digital media players. (You will be redirected to the U.S. ENERGY STAR website)


Why should you choose ENERGY STAR?

Reduce your at-home energy consumption

Save money

Keep your home comfortable

Reduce your carbon footprint

How to use your digital media player efficiently

  • Smart TVs are the smart choice: If you are buying a new television, a smart TV uses the least amount of energy compared to other streaming devices.
  • Use game consoles for gaming: A game console uses significantly more energy than a digital media player, so use your game console for gaming only and leave the streaming to other devices.

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