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SCTE Sierra Chapter - Certification
CCAP, Are You Ready? Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 12:55

SCTE New England and DVAC Chapters jointly present:  CCAP, are you ready?

Date:  Thursday July 31, 2014               9AM-11AM EST
Location:  Session will be Webcast - Register at Eventbrite  and Webcast information will be sent to you prior to the event. Your local SCTE Sierra Chapter will also be hosting an organized viewing location for this event at the Comcast Sacramento Headend.  Please RSVP to Don Dyer to confirm a seat is reserved for you at the organized viewing location. 

               Kevin Taylor
               Comcast Fellow CCAP, Systems and Security Architect
                Gerry White
                Distinguished Engineer
Topics to be covered:
o Brief introduction to CCAP – Why, What, How?
o CCAP components
o Differences to current CMTS
o Integrated CCAP
o Distributed CCAP/Remote PHY
o “Headend in a box”-How will HSD/VOD/Broadcast convergence be managed?
o Any vendor’s CCAP platform in any set-top environment, the disappearance of the proprietary Edge QAM.
o Virtual combining and the disappearance of the RF combining network.
o What is meant by “high availability”?
o Beyond CCAP-distributed architectures.

Register on your own here or RSVP for the joint viewing location at the Comcast Sacramento Headend This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 14:04
SCTE Live Learning: Switched IP Video Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 07:59

Start Date: 03/19/2014
Start Time: 11:00 AM 
This webinar will discuss, compare and contrast the market and technology drivers, architectures, key ingredient technologies and protocols involved in the delivery of broadcast video, switched digital video, switched IP video and IPTV.  In doing so, many of the technical, commercial and operational misconceptions, challenges and benefits of various IPTV migration strategies will be discussed.
1.Compare switched IP video vs. broadcast video
2.Outline market and technology drivers for switched IP video
3.Understand terms such as Switched Digital Video (SDV), SPTS/MPTS, MPEG-TS, IPTV-over-DOCSIS, channel bonding, Multicast/Unicast, etc.
4.Compare architectures and timing for switched IP video and IPTV-over-DOCSIS
5.Outline high-level cost and time-to-market considerations for IPTV migration
6.Discuss technical, commercial and operational misconceptions and benefits of switched IP video
7.Explore how switched IP video enables an infinite channel line-up
8.Discuss technical and operational resources and competencies in transition to switched IP video
9.Understand the operation and benefits of a cloud / hosted implementation for switched IP video
Registration Fees: Member - price: $0.00
Non-member - price: $29.00


Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 09:55
SCTE Sierra Chapter Training: Drop Hardening Presented by PPC Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 08:10
PPC's Product Development and Technical Support Manager Randy Blunt will be presenting a class on Drop Hardening this Thursday October 31st, 2013.  There will be one session beginning at 830am PT thru 1130am PT hosted in the Comcast Facility at 1242 National Dr., Sacramento, CA 95834.  Sequoia Room.  You must pre-register to attend:  contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Snacks and Beverages will be provided.  This subject matter applies to the SCTE BPI Certification.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 09:09
FierceCable: All Formats all devices transcoding on the fly Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 31 May 2013 07:25
With more viewers using mobile devices to watch their favorite programs, content owners need to be able to quickly transcode video for delivery to devices ranging from smartphones and tablets to HDTVs. This webinar from FierceCable will focus on content optimization technology.  Click here to register.  June 18th, 8am PT.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 07:26
Certification Incentive Program Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00

Eligibility for the incentive program - To be eligible you must:


·          Be a Registered SCTE National Member [in good standing].

·          National Status must be maintained during the calendar year you test, and qualify.

·          Reside in the Sierra Chapter’s geographic area. [Any exceptions must be approved by the Board**.]

·          Be an active member of the Sierra Chapter. [Minimum active membership includes attendance and participation in at least 1 chapter technical programs and/or at the Chapter Vendor’s day].

·          Have attained, & maintained active Sierra Chapter membership status during the calendar year you test, and qualify.


***Incentives - What you can earn:

An individual may qualify for only one of the following major incentives per calendar year. 


  • For Successful completion the certification exams for any one certification:  Reimbursement of test fees (for tests passed only)  National Dues paid for the following year [at time of renewal]  $100.00 Gift Card 
  • For Successful completion of the certification exams for any 3 of the programs will earn:  Reimbursement of test fees (for tests passed only)   National Dues paid for the following year [at time of renewal]  $200.00 Gift Card 
  • For Successful completion of the certification exams for any 5 of the programs will earn  Reimbursement of test fees (for tests passed only)  National Dues paid for the following year [at time of renewal]  $300.00 Gift Card
  • For Successful completion of either the DVEP, DEP, or IPEP certification exams will earn:   Reimbursement of test fees (for tests passed only)  National Dues paid for the following year [at time of renewal]  $300.00 Gift Card 


All Certifications will earn recognition in the SCTE News Letter and the SCTE National postings as well as all other benefits listed on the SCTE’s National Website. 

And Finally!    Those individuals successfully completing any one of the (10) exams or any basic certification exam will be automatically entered in a drawing to attend the SCTE’s Annual Northern California Vendor Show and have their Hotel and Meal Expenses Paid!    Many companies offer even more incentives, check with yours. 


*This incentive program is solely a product Sierra Chapter. SCTE National, MSO’s, or Vendors are not affiliated with or responsible for this program. 

**Exception requests will be evaluated and resolved by the board (On a case by case basis). The boards’ decision will be the final arbiter. 

***Chapter funding for this program is limited to funds available per calendar year, unless otherwise stated the program ends when the annual fund limit is reached. 


The SCTE’s Golden Gate and Central California Chapters also offer a similar incentive program. Please contact those chapters for additional information. 


Note: The IRS considers these incentives to be a form of taxable income. As such, they should be reported by the receiving individual as a “gift”.  


To download a printable "handout" version of this click here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:30

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