Reduce power consumption? Nope. All our big screen TV's draw far more power than the 25" TV's they replaced. And with the new TV's we need soundbars and audio system. More power. The primary reason was spectrum efficiency. With Analog, you couldn't have adjacent channels in overlapping areas. Digital increased the TV station density and with that, comes more TV stations paying the government for licensing. It also eliminated the upper end of UHF TV, channels above 67. Where did they go? Reassigned for auction. Make no mistake about it, money was first, HD was second. But the consumer was sold on increased features with digital, and that's real too. And cool. Back to the original point of the thread... The DISH dispute has taken Fox off of that sat. where I live.