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US access committee reports on Internet video captioning

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The the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee has released a report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which proposes a timetable for the compulsory closed captioning of all Internet video content originally broadcast with captions on American television.

The committee’s report was one of the requirements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last October. Now that the FCC has the report, it has six months to set new closed captioning rules.


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New standard helps preserve captions on catch-up TV

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) has made freely available a standard that will enable captions from broadcast TV and broadband video programming to work together – or to interoperate.

The official description for the SMPTE ST 2052-1:2010 standard, called Time Text Format (SMPTE-TT) states:


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SBS makes ‘Immigration Nation’ available online with captions

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The first two episodes of the Australian history series Immigration Nation can now be viewed with captions on the SBS website, viewed captions on the SBS website, and episode 3 will follow shortly. This is the first time that SBS’s online content has been captioned.

The ABC’s iView remains the only online ‘catch-up’ video service in Australia which carries a significant amount of captioning, with all prime-time programs from ABC1 and ABC2 captioned on iView.

You can view Immigration Nation on the SBS website.


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UK content providers create accessible YouView

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The major UK free-to-air broadcasters, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, have collaborated to create the YouView TV box, which YouView says will incorporate accessibility as a core component.

This service, which is expected to launch in the first half of 2011, is a combination of the existing Freeview service with additional catch-up TV accessed via a broadband Internet connection.


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