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Now to box on standby?

Can I put my now to box in standby mode? There is no power button on the remote and no on/off button on the side. So it's either leave it running all the time or turn it off at the power point all the time. What does everyone else do?
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Re: Now to box on standby?

@Tina15  If you leave it long enough, the box will put itself into a standby or low-power mode.  The light on the front of the box will go off when this happens.  Then just press any button on the remote to wake it up again.



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Re: Now to box on standby?

Tina15

 

I agree with DarylM, I have owned a Now TV box for over a year now and it does put itself into "standby" mode after about 10 or so minutes of inactivity, i.e. not receiving an Internet (or Plex) wi-fi signal to play audio-visual media on your TV.

 

So there is no need for a special button.

 

 

UK Bob

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Hi,

What is the power usage in Standby?

My box shows a screensaver and does not go into standby.

I have a timeout for the screensaver, but no standby settings.

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Bit confused with this. With no standby or power button, how does the box know when to go into standby ?

 

If I switch my TV from Now TV to, say, DVD, is the Now box still using up bandwidth/data in the background  and just not displaying it on TV ? 

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@kevin6270 wrote:

Bit confused with this. With no standby or power button, how does the box know when to go into standby ?

 

If I switch my TV from Now TV to, say, DVD, is the Now box still using up bandwidth/data in the background  and just not displaying it on TV ? 


Hi @kevin6270

when the box is not streaming/doing anything, it will automatically go into standby/low-power mode. By default the box will go into standby mode. After 10 minutes of inactivity.

 

If you're concerned about data usage always make sure that you exit streams and go back to the home screen properly. The only data the box should use is when it's in standby mode is the data used when it checks for or receive an update. It only checks for updates once a day, so I wouldn't be too worried about this, as updates aren't released to often.

 

If you like your streaming services. I would recommend you investigate an Internet package with unlimited data. These are not that difficult or expensive to get these days to get them have a look on the websites of ISPs and look for a package which specifically says 'unlimited'.

 


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Re: Now to box on standby?

Thank you, very helpful.  

 

We have Infinity Unlimited so not really concerned about data usage, more about WIFI performance in the house if the Now TV box continues to (needlessly) stream programs in the background. Will just switch to Home screen on exit to stop streaming.

 

cheers

 

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@commanda6 wrote:

when the box is not streaming/doing anything, it will automatically go into standby/low-power mode. By default the box will go into standby mode. After 10 minutes of inactivity.

 



It cannot be that low power the HDMI is still outputting, the processor is still driving a moving screensaver image, etc.

At the very least HDMI and the ethernet/wifi should switch off when in lower power.

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Hi icstm

 

You said "At the very least HDMI and the ethernet/wifi should switch off when in lower power."

 

You know, I really don't understand why you would want this, because the way the machine is now means it can be woken up by a wi-fi Internet or Plex signal with the minimum of fuss, your way would introduce an unnecessary delay.

 

Also, if the box lost power for an extended period of time it is possible it could loose all it's settings and that is something I would soon get sick of, i.e. resetting the box every time it was switched off overnight.

 

Plus, the "standby" power usage is so low that, in the scheme of things, it make no overall difference but if you are worried about electricity usage then you can always unplug the device when it's not in use.

 

 

UK Bob

 

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Firstly the standby power is not that low. It should be:

Power consumption in stand by mode which allows reactivation must be 0.5 Watts or less;

EU standards

 

well WOL is not unusual, so if you want to by another network device that is standard to do that from very low power states, here the CPU has not entered a low power state (This is actually a System on a Chip design, but let's not nit-pick).

So you can acheive that Plex design from a low power state.

Moreover that only makes sense if you are using a Plex controller to start a video. Given that you can only run Plex Classic some, of the new apps (eg the player for Win 10) do not play nice with remote controlling the Plex player on the NowTV.

 

You will not loose your settings, devices have non volatile memory for that...