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Old 12-31-2009, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Is it better to turn off the power of the cable box when not in use?

(Also posted in the Cable Provider forum, but this forum seems more appropriate. Sorry.)

I have a Scientific Atlanta 8300HD box. I've always been told that it's best to leave the power on and just turn off the TV itself. But the 8300 manual recommends turning off the power. Is it better to turn it off or leave it on, or does it matter?

(I always hear my box making noises, which I suppose is the HDD or the fan, etc. doing stuff, so turning it off might actually reduce this noise. But I wanted to make sure it's okay to leave it off. I had thought turning off the box power would reset things. For one thing, it always puts the channel back on channel 2 when I turn the TV back on, which is annoying.)

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We have a Comcast Motorola 3412 that I always leave on. We do that because it doesn't respond consistently to the power on command from our Harmony remote, which got to be a real drag. There's an added benefit that the DVR is always buffering two shows. If either tuner is set to the channel I want to watch, I can tune in late and not miss anything.
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We turn the power off but the unit continues to get updates via cable thoughout the night. I'd check with your service provider too but you should not need to leave it powered on. However, keep it plugged in.
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It's always better to turn any electronic device you're not using off.
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It's always better to turn any electronic device you're not using off.
Do set top boxes actually turn off when you hit the power off button? They continue to record shows, process updates, and perform other such functions while turned "off". What is better about turning off that kind of equipment?
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I have the same box you can go into setting and make it so when you turn it back on it goes on to the channel you left off. On top of that the fan will still go on every now and then when it's off it's more of a stand by mode not off and by turning it off nothing is reset.
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I have the same box you can go into setting and make it so when you turn it back on it goes on to the channel you left off. On top of that the fan will still go on every now and then when it's off it's more of a stand by mode not off and by turning it off nothing is reset.
Good to know, thanks!
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Do set top boxes actually turn off when you hit the power off button? They continue to record shows, process updates, and perform other such functions while turned "off". What is better about turning off that kind of equipment?
They are still 'on' per say, but they consume less power.
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They are still 'on' per say, but they consume less power.
Is it basically the same thing that happens when the box goes into a standby mode on its own? This apparently happens to mine between 1am-6am, although I believe the power light stays on, or I've just been asleep and never noticed.
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They are still 'on' per say, but they consume less power.
OK. So, your comment was environmental in nature - about reducing energy consumption?
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OK. So, your comment was environmental in nature - about reducing energy consumption?
Indeed and cutting down on your electricity bill.
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