Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer, Saturday, February 4, 2012

A federal magistrate has refused to dismiss a suit by deaf Californians against CNN for its refusal to add closed captioning to news video clips on its website. The lawsuit only alleges discrimination in the way the network delivers its news online and is not an attack on free speech, U.S. Magistrate Laurel Beeler of Oakland said Thursday.

Scott Stirling, February 1, 2012
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For generations, tape and video have worked hand in hand. Since the very first video picture was seen on a black and white monitor, we’ve needed a way to record and store the images we create. Live shots are great, but when we developed the ability to play them back later, we opened the door to tremendous freedom and creativity.


This afternoon, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O) which set new requirements for Internet Protocol (IP)-delivered programming. The new rules will require most programming captioned on television to be captioned when delivered via IP.  From the FCC:  "IP-delivered video programming today takes a number of forms, such as programming delivered to a personal computer, tablet device, cellular telephone, game console, Blu-ray player, or set-top box." Examples of programming delivered via IP are videos on network's website, programming you see on Hulu or YouTube, and video you download from iTunes, to name a few.


Does your current closed captioning provider feel the same way?

Picture that you are deaf or hard of hearing.  How will you follow along with a textual representation of mulitple voices, emotions, sounds effects and speeds of these sounds?


December 1, 2011 - 4:45pm — The Wire Report

The CRTC said Thursday it has approved mandatory standards for French-language closed captioning. The commission said that mandatory standards proposed by a French-language closed captioning working group are achievable, measurable and enforceable. In its decision, the commission said captioning for French-language programs must target an accuracy rate of 100 per cent, which also includes spelling, the CRTC said.


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