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Certification & Training

Technical Sessions: MoCA 101 Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Monday, 27 September 2010 09:20

Your local SCTE Sierra Chapter will host the MoCA 101 Technical Session presented by Tim Palmer of Spirent Communications. The session will focus on providing a basic understanding In Home Networking and why MoCA is considered to be the best technology for COAX now and in the future. The session will provide a brief overview of the MoCA technology, how it works in the home, and the ways which MoCA can be used to help the MSO’s stay ahead of the competition for subscriber services/revenue. We will also cover some best practices which have been learned in the real world for installing and maintaining not only the MoCA network, but the services which are being transported. We will have a live MoCA network and a hands on demo after the presentation.

Tuesday 9/28/10
1242 National Dr, Sacramento
8:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-4:00pm – 2 sessions
Pre-Register with Bob Angelastro
(916) 830-6732 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Wednesay 9/29/10
1639 Princeton Ave, Modesto
8:00am-11:00am – 1 session
6505 Tam O’Shanter Dr. Stockton
1:00pm-4:00pm – 1
Pre-Register with Roberto Castro
(209) 993-6658 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Thursday 9/30/10
311 B St, Yuba City
8:00am-10:00am – 1 session
Pre-Register with George DeVoll
(530) 332-5984 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:00
June 2010 Industry Webinars Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Monday, 07 June 2010 13:59
June 15, 11am PST FierceOnlineVideo will be presenting a webinar on "The Connected TV" sponsored by PacketVideo.  (Register Here)

Manufacturers are rushing to add Ethernet connections, storage, and processing power to flat screen TVs. What will this capabilities explosion mean to content providers, equipment manufacturers, existing service providers such as TiVO and Netflix, cable companies, and phone companies?  (Register Here)

June 16th, 9am PST Light Reading presents "Cable ITV Deployments:  Progress Report" sponsored by the Comcast Media Center.  (Register Here)

Following years of false starts, the cable industry is finally moving ahead with the introduction of interactive TV (ITV) services and applications that can work on any cable system. All five of the leading US MSOs have committed to rolling out new two-way, ITV set-tops while they and other cable operators are rapidly deploying EBIF software on existing digital set-top boxes. How well is the ITV drive going? What EBIF-enabled services and applications are being offered? Which ITV applications seem the most promising? This Webinar will look at the interactive technology that’s being deployed, the service applications that are being developed, and the technical, operational, and competitive challenges that must still be overcome for cable ITV to succeed.  (Register Here)

June 16th, 11am PST Arris will be presenting a webinar on "Monitoring and Managing a DOCSIS 3.0 Network" on SCTE Live Learning.  SCTE Members can register for free.  (Register Here)

With DOCSIS 3.0 deployments, comes different monitoring and management capabilities from the CMTS to the CPE. There is a need for OSS and workforce tools to support and monitor these D3.0 devices. This session will explore ways of collecting statistics and techniques for maximizing utilization to achieve a strong ROI.   In addition, allowing the operator to make better decisions on network resource allocation and troubleshooting procedures to impact the customer experience.  (Register Here)

June 29th, 9am PST Qualcomm presents "Learn How Femtocells Can Provide the Next Leap in Performance."  (Register Here)

Femtocells are gaining momentum with many deployments already taking place around the world. Femtocells bring the network closer to the user to cost-effectively increase indoor coverage and capacity.

But what are the features and functionality required to support the upcoming large scale femtocell deployments? And how can we ensure that the user discovers the femtocell?  (Register Here)
Last Updated on Monday, 27 September 2010 09:40
Fundamentals of DTV and MPEG by Tektronix and Snader & Associates Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 21 May 2010 09:03

Tektronix and Snader & Associates are presenting "Fundamentals of Digital Television and MPEG". 

Date:  Wednesday June 2nd, 2010
Time:  9a-1p PST

Surewest-McClellan AFB
5411 Luce Ave.
North Highlands, CA 95652

Demonstration and Presentation Topics: 

  • Audio Loudness
  • Embedded Audio, Dolby Digital (AC-3) and DialNorm
  • ATSC Recommendation A/85 and the LKFS meter
  • A/V Delay Issues and Trouble Shooting
  • Broadcast Data
  • Ancillary Data Analysis including Closed Captioning and AFD
  • Color Gamut and Monitoring
  • Understanding Color Gamut compliance
  • MPEG Testing & Monitoring
  • Testing Requirements
  • Analyzing a Transport Stream

8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m.  - Registration
9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- Presentations and Demonstrations
12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Measuring Picture and Video Quality Presentation/Lunch
-Lunch will be provided during the seminar session for registered attendees courtesy of Tektronix and Snader & Associates, Inc.

The seminar will be lead by Steve Holmes, Sr. Application Engineer. Steve has been with Tektronix for 12 years and has over 25 years of video experience. Prior to working at Tektronix, Steve spent 20 years installing, teaching, engineering, and managing Video and CATV systems. Today, Steve consults and teaches test methodologies for Broadcast, Studio, Cable and Manufacturing for customers based in the Western United States and Western Canada.

Please register by responding to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 05/31/2010.

Advanced Upstream Troubleshooting - FREE CT Webinar Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 08:47

Communications Technology will be hosting a FREE Webinar on "Advanced Upstream Technology" All you have to do is REGISTER HERE.

Sponsors:  JDSU 

Date:  Thursday, May 27, 2010

Time:  11am PST

Overview:  As the HFC return path evolves to accommodate the increased bandwidth and quality requirements driven by DOCSIS 3.0 deployments and advanced interactive video, data, and voice applications, troubleshooting methods must evolve as well.  This Webcast will provide some insight into how to troubleshoot impairments in upstreams increasingly crowded with higher-order modulation carriers.

Join Cisco Technical Leader and CT Senior Technology Editor Ron Hranac and Midcontinent’s David Haigh for this free Webcast that shares best practices for troubleshooting impairments in a fully loaded upstream by addressing these questions:

  • What types of HFC problems are most likely to cause common upstream impairments including code word errors?
  • What is the difference between linear and non-linear distortions and how do troubleshooting techniques differ?
  • What are the differences between CNR, SNR, equalized MER and un-equalized MER?
  • What are the different types of tools available for advanced upstream troubleshooting and when is it appropriate to use each?


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 09:00
NGAA for Cable - Free LightReading Webinar Print E-mail
Written by Eric Heitz   
Friday, 14 May 2010 09:18

LightReading.com will feature a FREE Webinar on "NGAA for Cable".  All you have to do is Register here.  

Sponsors:  Alcatel-Lucent, Harmonic, Motorola, RGB Networks

Date:  Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Time:  9am PST

Overview:  Under the strong leadership of Comcast, the cable industry is now exploring how to pump digital video signals cheaply through the cable modem termination system (CMTS), enabling greater use of IP video and narrowcasting.  The idea would be to produce a new, super-dense "CMTS on steroids" that could separate cable upstream and downstream signals logically, rather than physically.  But it would mean a big change in the way that cable operators have traditionally delivered video programming to the home.  How would this proposed Next-Generation Access Architecture (NGAA) work?  What would be the costs of implementing it?  What are the pros and cons of this approach?  This webinar would address these questions and more.  

Register here for this event.  

Last Updated on Friday, 14 May 2010 09:38

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