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11 September 2012 ~ Comments

Google+ Captions

Google has become a pervasive part of our world. The word itself has entered our lexicon as a verb, and Google is on the path to powering everything from phones to televisions to driverless cars. While Google+ hasn’t yet reached the household name status of Facebook, the company may be taking a giant leap forward […]

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18 June 2012 ~ Comments

Transcription: From Man or Machine?

One of the most common questions asked about the closed captioning process centers around transcription.  Many people inquire about whether transcription is an automated process using voice recognition, or if it is still truly a function done best by humans. There are certainly some great software and equipment available today that are taking voice recognition […]

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23 May 2012 ~ Comments

YouTube Introduces New Caption Features

Recent YouTube improvements have made watching online videos with captions better than ever.  Since YouTube’s introduction of caption support in 2006, the social media site has been a trendsetter for online accessibility.  Using voice recognition technology, videos could be auto-captioned or the owner could provide a verbatim transcript and YouTube would automatically synchronize text and the spoken […]

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03 April 2012 ~ Comments

FCC Sets Deadlines For Internet Captioning

Another important milestone to providing accessibility over the Internet has been reached.  In October 2010, President Obama signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) into law.  Among the things it required was closed captioning for video programming delivered over the Internet.  The CVAA did not require every video on the Internet be […]

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10 January 2012 ~ Comments

Closed Captions from 30,000 Feet

Technology is taking accessibility to new heights.  Tens of thousands of feet in the air, that is.  For the first time in inflight entertainment, LiveTV has announced that closed captioning will be available for live television content viewed by passengers onboard an airplane. For many years, LiveTV has provided connectivity systems and entertainment options aboard […]

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25 October 2011 ~ Comments

Video Description Services

While many legislative changes and technological improvements have recently improvement media accessibility for the hard of hearing community in the United States, a current mandate is also providing a similar victory for the visually impaired.  As part of the 21st CVAA, rules that were originally established in 2000 have been reinstated concerning video description services […]

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28 September 2011 ~ Comments

Proposed Rules for Internet Captions

Much progress has been made in recent months regarding accessibility and closed captioning of television content on the Internet.  In July, the FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee released a report that established a six month timeframe for the new rules that require captions on the Internet. In short, the FCC must release advanced rules […]

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20 June 2011 ~ Comments

Lawsuits for Media Giants

Last week, both Netflix and CNN felt the impact of their lack of captioning, when activist groups brought lawsuits claiming discrimination. It’s a lesson all content providers, both large and small, could learn from. On June 15, a class-action suit was brought against Time Warner in Alameda, CA. The next day, the National Association of […]

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24 May 2011 ~ Comments

New Standard for Online Captions

Earlier this month, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)  announced that it is making its closed captioning standard for online video content available absolutely free of charge.   While SMPTE typically sells its standards, the organization has notably released this standard for free in an effort to “accelerate the availability of online video […]

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18 January 2011 ~ Comments

New Law Brings Info and Entertainment to Everyone

What if you had access to millions of exciting images, but had no way of knowing what the images meant? That’s the situation many Americans face when they have a hearing loss and encounter uncaptioned video. It’s pretty frustrating to be shut out of such a major part of our culture. The 21st Century Communications […]

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