TECC EDI Guidelines

Section 1: Getting Started


For Those New to EDI and X12

For Those New to Cable Television Advertising

For Existing Users of Previous Versions of the TECC Standards

How to Use this Guide.

Overview Of EDI

Description and Benefits of EDI

Definition of EDI

Benefits of EDI



The Role of Trade Association Standards

The X12 Marketplace

X12 Transaction Sets

Technical Overview of X12 Transaction Sets

X12 Control Structure

History of EDI and Useful Information about the World of X12

Overview Of Cable Television Advertising

Television Advertising Overview

Short History of Cable Television

Cable Advertising Business Process:  Introduction

Cable Advertising Business Process: The Initial Deal

Cable Advertising Business Process: Deal Changes

Cable Advertising Business Process: Brand Allocations and Traffic Instructions

Cable Advertising Business Process: MakeGoods

Cable Advertising Business Process: Invoicing and Reconciliation

Cable Advertising Business Process: Post-Buy Analysis

Implications For EDI

Overview Of National Cable Television And EDI

Description and Benefits of EDI in Cable Television

The Need For EDI in Cable Television

Benefits of EDI for National Cable Television Advertising

History of National Cable EDI


The Beginnings of TECC


The TECC Specification History

Scaleable EDI: Version 3.0


Deals and Contracts


Current TECC Committees and Task Forces - Roles and Participation

Executive Steering Committee

EDI Task Force

Design Committee

Implementation Committee

Cable EDI Initiative Current Status

Statistics and Volume

Agency and Network Participants

Next Steps for the EDI Initiative

Section 2:  Business Implementation Issues


Rules Of EDI For National Cable



Business Process Standards – Mandatory


Run of Schedule

Broadcast Clock

Broadcast Calendar

Unit Hold and Acceptance

Brand Allocation

Traffic Instructions

Audience Analysis

Deal Changes

Business Process Standards – Best Practices

As – Aired Notification


Unit Hold and Acceptance

Synchronization – Under Construction (electronic transmission of changes)

Brand Allocation

Traffic Instructions

Traffic Media/Material

Audience Analysis

Invoice Clearance

Business Process Standards – Technology Dependent



Traffic Instructions

TECC Design Philosophy

Practical Implications

For New Users:  How to Get Started

EDI Components and Costs

Interface to your internal MIS system



Value Added Network (VAN)


Staffing Issues

Effect of EDI On Business Processes

Prototyping: Selecting Organizations to Test With

Legal Issues


TECC Transactions

Deal Transaction

Deal Acknowledgment

Deal Content Acceptance

Deal Retransmission


Invoice Acknowledgment

Invoice Acceptance

Deal Change

Deal Change Acknowledgment

Deal Change Acceptance

Brand Allocations, Traffic Instructions

Brand Allocation, Traffic Instruction Acknowledgment

Brand Allocation, Traffic Instruction Acceptance

Additional Issues

Control Numbers

“Boilerplate” language”

Audit Trail


Audit Issues


System Risks

Operations Risks

Transmission Risks

Information Security Risks

Authenticity Risks

Paperless Risks


Controls for System Risks

Controls for Operations Risks

Controls for Transmission Risks

Controls for Information Security Risks

Controls for Authenticity Risks

Controls for Paperless Risks

General Controls

Maintenance of Records

For More Information About Legal and Audit Issues

Section 3:  Migrating From Previous Versions of the TECC Standard

Header Section Differences

Detail Section Differences

Invoice Differences

Trading Partner Variations

Section 4:  Technical Reference - TECC Version 3.0 EDI Standard


Process Flow

Without Unit Serialization

With Unit Serialization

TECC V3.0 Transaction Sets


Reading an X12 Standard

Transaction Sets


Control Structure

Key Fields

Deal   (850 Purchase Order)

Key Fields - Heading

Key Fields – Detail

Key Fields – Detail - Subline

Key Fields – Summary

Deal Acknowledgment  (855 Purchase Order Acknowledgment)

Key Fields – Heading

Invoice  (810 Invoice)

Key Fields – Heading

Key Fields – Detail

Key Fields – Summary

Deal Changes (860 Purchase Order Change Request)

Key Fields – Heading

Key Fields – Detail

Deal Change Acknowledgment (865 Purchase Order Change Acknowledgment)

Key Fields – Heading

Functional Acknowledgment (997)

Section 5:  Glossary and Contacts



TECC Committees

Vendor Information

Web Sites