SCTE Standards Program

The SCTE standards program is the industry's only ANSI-accredited forum for the development of technical specifications supporting cable telecommunications. Standards work includes: data and telephony over cable; application platform development; digital video; emergency alert systems; network monitoring systems; cables, connectors and amplifiers; construction and maintenance practices; energy management, and more.

Corporate membership in the program is open to any organization in the cable telecommunications industry. Member organizations develop standards and recommended practices through their technical representatives who serve on committees an subcommittees under the SCTE Standards Categories below. The program currently has a long-term outlook of advancing new standards programs such as energy management over the next several years. Strengthen your company's grasp on future standards that will affect your business by getting involved early in the process. 


SCTE Standards Categories


Learn about SCTE/ISBE Standards membership benefits and how your organization can join. Download the Standards Brochure.   Discover the categories and technologies surrounding SCTE/ISBE Standards and Operational Practices. Download the Standards Categories Flyer.  
SCTE Energy StandardsTo learn more about SCTE/ISBE Energy Standards and recommended practices, download the SCTE Energy Standards Brochure.

Programming and Advertising Members Wanted
SCTE is currently seeking new members in all membership categories to participate in work in fiber-optics networks, advanced advertising, 3D television, and other important topics. Of particular interest is membership from the content (program and advertising) provider and user communities. Standards membership is open to all directly and materially affected parties as defined in SCTE's membership rules and operating procedures. Join today to participate in the development process or learn more by e-mailing  

Keep Up with Cable Technology Through SCTE Standards

SCTE offers many convenient ways for companies and individuals to learn and stay connected with the SCTE Standards Program.

Standards Project Register
The Standards Project Register contains a complete list of all SCTE Standards projects, including standards, recommended practices and projects withdrawn from consideration.  All projects are organized according to project type and highlight important dates along the approval process, starting from the Project Authorization Request (PAR) through to SCTE approval and ANSI final action where applicable.  Download the latest Project Register

ANSI Public Review of SCTE Standards
SCTE 159-2 2017 Multimedia Application and Service Part 2: IPCablecom Multimedia Web Services (public review closes May 8, 2017)
SCTE 173-1 2017 Requirements for Preferential Telecommunications over IPCablecom Networks (public review closes May 8, 2017)
SCTE 173-2 2017 Framework for Implementing Preferential Telecommunications in IPCablecom and IPCablecom2 Networks (public review closes May 8, 2017)
SCTE 173-3 2017 Specification for Authentication in Preferential Telecommunications over IPCablecom2 Networks (public review closes May 8, 2017)
SCTE 174-4 2017 Specification for Priority in Preferential Telecommunications over IPCablecom2 Networks (public review closes May 8, 2017)
SCTE 217 2017 MPEG DASH Reference Architecture for IP-based Cable Services (public review closes May 15, 2017)
SCTE 223 2017 Adaptive Transport Stream (public review closes May 15, 2017)
SCTE 63 2015 Test Method for Voltage / Spark Test of Outer Jacket (public review closes May 29, 2017)

Check Out the Hottest Industry Standards
The top ten standards based on web page downloads, are:

  1. ANSI/SCTE 104 2012 Automation System to Compression System Communications Applications Program Interface (API)
  2. ANSI/SCTE 35 2013 Digital Program Insertion Cueing Message for Cable
  3. ANSI/SCTE 135-2 2013 DOCSIS 3.0 Part 2: MAC and Upper Layer Protocols
  4. ANSI/SCTE 135-4 2013 DOCSIS 3.0 Part 4: Operations Support Systems Interface
  5. ANSI/SCTE 135-3 2013 DOCSIS 3.0 Part 3: Security Services
  6. ANSI/SCTE 135-1 2013 DOCSIS 3.0 Part 1: Physical Layer Specification
  7. ANSI/SCTE 130-3 2010 Digital Program Insertion—Advertising Systems Interfaces Part 3: Ad Management Service (ADM) Interface
  8. ANSI/SCTE 40 2011 Digital Cable Network Interface Standard
  9. ANSI/SCTE 77 2013 Specification for Underground Enclosure Integrity
  10. ANSI/SCTE 28 2012 Host-POD Interface Standard