said by LeadFoot:
These things were designed in an era when energy efficiency was not that important.
There were no regulations or no Energy Star testing and the boxes were most likely designed as cheaply as possible. Cable companies wouldn't care since it's the consumer that's paying the hidden electricity costs. Set top boxes are ubiquitous now so there is more concern about power. Two STBs can use as much power as a fridge.
»www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fus ··· _code=ST