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Emily M. Nikoo, BT's EVP honored in CableFAX's November issue for "Top Women in Technology"
Emily has nearly 20 years of cable industry experience in addition to her years in the space program. She continues to strive for growth and seeks knowledge within the technical community to support mainstream endeavors of the future. She has spearheaded the "Business Technical Group" (BTG) which brainstorms and develops solutions for the Business/Commercial Services sector, an area that BT knows very well. The goal is to assist operators in continuing to grow in this particular market, by working in concert to deliver the lower cost per channel, yet higher quality video content, to businesses.
Emily is very active with both the SCTE and WICT. Her main interest is spreading the technical word to young technical members as well as non-technical members. Emily is working with SCTE on basic primers covering the fundamentals of digital television technology and the evolution from analog. These primers are tailored to help those new to digital cable television technology. The goal is to provide familiarization with the technology and relate it to the cable industry’s day-to-day acronyms and vocabulary. By knowing the basics and the terminology, everything else will make more sense. Emily believes these primers could work well as a resource for the WICT membership and may be a good shared resource between SCTE and WICT.
Developed in partnership with SCTE and featured on their member-only resources webpage
SCTE Primer #1: What is a Video Display?
Learn the alphabet soup of digital cable technology, beginning with what everyone is most familiar with, the TV in the home. This primer covers video displays, their technology and the terminology that surrounds them: CRT, LCDs, PDP; ATSC, QAM; 480i, 720p, 1080i; digital ready, HD ready, SDTV, HDTV, and EPG.
SCTE Primer #2: What are Digital & Analog Content/Connector Types?
Continuing in the quest to clarify digital cable television technology and terminology, this second primer about digital and analog television covers the content and connection types found in the home or the cable headend, including SDI, HDMI, ASI, DVI; WHDI, DiiVA, and HDBaseT; as well as YPbPr and RGB of yesteryear.
SCTE Primer #3: What is...Content Transmission?
This the third Primer in a series covering basic digital cable, which discusses the types of video content and how they are transmitted to the headend (satellite, over the air, fiber, and IP) and the home (QAM). In addition, the governing bodies are summarized so you can stay up to date on the standards involved in the transmission as systems evolve.
At this time, the BTG has participants from Bright House Networks, Mediacom, CableOne, Charter, and Comcast. Specifically, one product developed from this initiative leveraged our latest digital MPEG-2 and H.264 encoders to include provisions for EAS services using SCTE 18 control messages. This allows remote properties to be SCTE-18 compliant on all programs, especially those programs that are locally originated, such as “gate channels” and the “community channel”. This product assists operators in complying with federal mandates for EAS.