Since August of 1989, a group of dedicated television engineers has been meeting approximately every six weeks to help ensure that the Advanced Television standard chosen by the FCC for terrestrial broadcast will be friendly to Cable TV and other alternate media as well as the America."l consumer. The work of this group and the results it has achieved in the last 2 1/2 years is described. It is concluded that a single baseband A TV format should be adopted by all television delivery media. It is also concluded that a single standard for encryption of conditional-access programming is technically feasible.