Its producers describe it as the most boring tv programme ever. But then there's a purpose to it. The Geneva-based International Electrotechnical Commission (iec) has roped in tv professionals to create a 10-minute programme to arrive at a standard way of measuring how much energy lcd and plasma tvs use.
Broadcasters and tv makers measured the proportion of broadcasting time of a standard cache of tv programmes in a day and then edited a mishmash compilation of images into a programme that apparently "lacks drama". The reasoning behind the proportioning of genres into different time categories is that some types of programming require more energy than others. "The images are supposed to be a representation of what we watch, but when you stick them together the end product doesn't make much sense," iec spokesperson Dennis Brougham told Reuters. The programme will be used in the development of a new international standard by iec to accurately measure energy consumption by different sets and allow manufacturers to provide accurate energy-use labels on tv sets.
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