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Set Top Boxes & Video Recorders

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All digital television set top boxes that are used to watch standard definition and high definition television broadcasts on both free-to-air and subscription cable and satellite digital platforms are covered by Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).

Set top boxes that are integrated into another appliance or product (such as a television), are designed to connect to the internet, and those that have a hard disk drive for recording, are excluded.

Video recorders receive free-to-air digital television broadcasts and are able to record these broadcasts. Video recorders may also include a Blu-ray or Digital Video Disk (DVD) player. A product profile on video recorders and set top boxes was completed in 2013.

Is your product regulated?

Find out which GEMS determination or regulatory standard applies to your product.

All products covered by energy efficiency regulations must meet certain requirements before they can be supplied or sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Depending on the product, this may include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), energy rating label requirements or both. There are specific requirements relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

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Energy Rating Label


New Zealand

Set Top Boxes



GEMS Determination


Video Recorders





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Use the registration database to view and compare all products that are registered under the GEMS Act.

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Use the Energy Rating Calcualtor app to compare the energy efficiency and running costs of similar products.



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