Suggested Technical Standards for CATV Program Origination

Author(s): Lyle O. Keys
Publisher: Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
Publication Date: 1 October 1970
Conference Location: New York, NY, USA
Conference Date: 5 October 1970
Page(s): 51 - 55
ISBN (Paper): 978-1-61482-903-4
DOI: 10.5594/M00696



The National Cable Television Assoc. has recognized the need for establishing technical standards for CATV program origination. A Standards Committee has been formed to arrive at audio and video engineering standards to protect the interests of the viewing public while avoiding needless economic burdens on the CATV operator. Performance parameters considered for video standards are time-base stability, signal-to-noise ratio, resolution capabilities, synchronizing waveforms, transients, switching techniques and color-encoding methods. Tape format will not be of concern. Some of the recommendations will call for improvements of equipment by the manufacturers. Of major importance is the provision of a means of setting up cameras and encoders to ensure overall color accuracy and camera match without necessitating instrumentation and staffing comparable to that of broadcast stations.