How do I turn off the blue stand by screen

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How do I turn off the blue stand by screen

I like to leave the TV on for my dogs while I'm at work during the day or when I go out of town. When I get home, all the TVs are silent and showing a blue ATT screen. I could turn the screen saver off when I had DishTV. Can someone tell me how to turn off the blue screen with Uverse? Thanks for the help.

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There is no setting to turn off the "power saver" "feaure."

 

If you can find a cheap programmable remote, you can set it to fire off a pair of channel changes (by macro function, one up, one down) and keep the screen active.

 

An alternative is to use a Microsoft Media Center PC (with the IR shooter) to change the channels (set up a one minute recording every couple hours, for every weekday).

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Thank you for the information. I do appreciate it. But I have two questions. One, how often do I have to change the channel to keep the blue screen away. Two, do you have any recomendations for the aforementioned remote or should I just call Logitech tech support? Three, why the heck doesn't ATT give the consumer a choice, power saver or no power saver????? Thanks again.

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The stbs go into standby at 8 hours of inactivity from the remote.

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Thank you for your help.

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YW

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The "feature" is part of the "Energy Star" certification package, I believe.
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ScottMac wrote:
The "feature" is part of the "Energy Star" certification package, I believe.

 

 

If that's the claim, it doesn't make sense.

 

I measured the STB and DVR power draw over the weekend to answer another user's question about monthly cost for the power consumption of these units, and found that they draw the exact same amount of power whether operating or in standby.  (STB = 10 watts, DVR = 17 watts, RG = 9 watts).

 

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That is what I have wondered ever since the boxes started going into standby mode.  The fans still blow, the lights still blink, and the stb is still displaying an image.  The only real difference is the power light goes out.  When I first got UV I realized that the way the dvr could still record programs was because the box never turned completely off.  I woul love to hear what ATT has to say about the effectiveness of their Energy Star initiative.

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I'm glad to see my suspicion confirmed, S.J.   Did you check power consumption when the DVR is turned off? Or is that the same as "off"?  Just curious.

 

For the OP:    Would it not be just as effective and a lot more efficient to just leave a radio turned on during the day to keep the pups company?  We have a transistor radio which operates off either AC or battery.  Draws practically nothing from the power line.  Just a thought.

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SomeJoe7777 wrote:

 


ScottMac wrote:
The "feature" is part of the "Energy Star" certification package, I believe.

 

 

If that's the claim, it doesn't make sense.

 

I measured the STB and DVR power draw over the weekend to answer another user's question about monthly cost for the power consumption of these units, and found that they draw the exact same amount of power whether operating or in standby.  (STB = 10 watts, DVR = 17 watts, RG = 9 watts).

 


 

Yup, I know.

 

As far as I can tell, at best, it saves bandwidth utilization because in the idle state, there is minimal traffic to/from the box. The "Energy Start Compliance" comment is what I was told when I asked about why it's there, and how I can get rid of it.

 

I tested it on an Agilent N6705 DC power analyzer and saw no significant difference in either mode (as you mentioned).

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ScottMac wrote:

 

As far as I can tell, at best, it saves bandwidth utilization because in the idle state, there is minimal traffic to/from the box.


 

That's been my thought all along.  AT&T doesn't want bandwidth used unnecessarily.

 

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I hear the DVR spinning up and down the harddrive in my DVR while on standby.  Are you saying that even the additional amount of power needed to spin the harddrive is neglible?

 

I can see that the spike needed to spin it up doesn't last long enough to affect much.

 

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I measured about 2 watts extra to spin it up (peaked at 19 watts), and about 1/2 watt less when the HD was spun down (sometimes read 17 watts, sometimes read 16 watts).

 

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If the OP wants to step around the 8 hour U-Verse timeout for dogs or home security, why not use another TV input?  

 

OTA TV: If the TV is manufactured in the last few years, it should have an ATSC tuner.   If you live within 30 miles of a TV transmitter (especially a high powered UHF one) an indoor antenna should get you at least one station, and that should be able to keep the dogs at bay (so to speak).

 

DVD: Many DVD players have a replay feature.  Let it play all night.

 

Now if the TV itself has a timeout "feature," why then, you might be out of luck!

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