Viki, Matlin team to promote online captioning

Multichannel News reports that TV streaming site Viki is teaming with Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin on a new campaign called the Billion Words March. The campaign advocates for closed captioning of online video here and abroad.

Matlin, who is deaf, won an Oscar as best actress For Children of a Lesser God and has had numerous TV roles, including a continuing role on The West Wing.

The goal of the campaign is to insure “complete and accurate” online captions. “It’s not just a few people who need this. We’re talking about hundreds of millions of people around the world who are deaf and hard of hearing but who deserve access to entertainment, no matter what language they speak,” said Matlin in a statement.

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