At the 1986 N.C.T.A. Convention, the item on everyone's mind was BTSC Stereo Television. As this was a new development in cable television, much attention was focused on the technology of the standard. In particular, the questions concerned - How does it work? Can it be implemented? How do we test? and, Can the standards be met? These questions and others revolved around the encoder systems, and the generation of the signal. Subcommittees and working groups were formed to discuss issues such as proper alignment, test procedures, and specifications. This year saw much of this effort discontinued, possibly with the impressions that the obstacles had been overcome and little further concern was necessary. In reality the situation is quite different.