100 percent of Hulu’s full-length content to be closed captioned by Sept. 2017

Hulu announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with the National Association of the Deaf to provide closed captioning for all of its full-length English and Spanish content by September 2017, according to an article posted Sept. 6 by Videoink.

Read more.

Latest closed caption rules effective Sept. 22

TVTechnology.com reported on Aug. 29 that the most recently adopted closed captioning rules from the Federal Communications Commission go into effect Sept. 22. The effective date applies to the Closed Captioning Responsibilities Order, which was adopted by the FCC in February. The order, an amendment to existing closed captioning rules, delineates the responsibilities for closed captioning services and outlines complaint procedures.

Read more.

NCRA member captions Stanley Cup finals

A press release issued June 2 announced that NCRA member Constance Lee, RPR, a freelance reporter from Pittsburgh, Pa., provided closed captioning for game one of the Stanley Cup finals in which the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks.

Read more.

Choosing the right captioning service

A post on May 4 by Government Video, part of NewBay Media, features the second part of an interview with NCRA member Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CRC, a broadcast captioner from Portland, Ore., about choosing the right captioning service. Studenmund, who serves as chair of the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission in Oregon and on NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee, discussed the changing role of closed captioning in the first part of the interview on April 27.

Read more.

Constance Lee & Company teams with Spark Digital Marketing

Virtual-Strategy Magazine posted a press release that Constance Lee & Company Court Reporting Service, Pittsburgh, Penn., and Spark Digital Marketing, an SEO and Web development firm based in Winston-Salem, N.C., have partnered to expand services in Pittsburgh. Constance Lee & Company provides court reporting services and is the closed captioning provider for the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team.

Read more.

Norton Healthcare and WDRB mark 10 years providing realtime closed captioning

News station WDRB, Louisville, Ky., aired a segment on March 8 showcasing its 10-year partnership with Norton Healthcare of providing realtime closed captioning to viewers. The captioning service affects a large number of people in the 19 counties the station serves in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Read more.

FCC divides closed captioning compliance responsibility

On Feb. 18, Davis Wright Tremaine, a legal services firm based in Seattle, Wash., commented on where the responsibility lies for the FCC’s closed captioning compliance.

Read more.

Internet video captioning standards earn Emmy Awards

An article posted Jan. 22 on Microsoft’s Accessibility Blog reported that on Jan. 8, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the 67th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. During the awards, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the World Wide Web Consortium were honored for their pioneering development of industry standards enabling closed captions on Internet video.

Read more.

Closed captioning: An ‘undervalued’ method for reading improvement?

In a July 29 Education Week commentary piece, public radio reporter Monica Brady-Myerov wrote that reading same-language subtitles can boost students’ literacy. She cites studies from the United Kingdom and India that support the use of closed captioning as a method for improving reading.
Read more.

NCRA President responds to editorial calling closed captioning “often fiction”

NCRA President Sarah E. Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, responded to an editorial that appeared June 20 on Ohio.com, and written by Akron Beacon Journal columnist Bob Dyer, which is critical of the quality of captioning provided by local television stations in the area. In her response, Nageotte notes the process involved in captioning, including the technology used and NCRA’s work with the FCC addressing issues surrounding quality captioning.

Read President Nageotte’s response.

Read the article.