HLAA is represented on the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee. Recently the CAC made the following recommendations regarding closed captioning and video description for digital television.
FCC DTV Closed Captioning and Video Description Task Force
The following is a proposal for a FCC DTV Closed Captioning and Video Description Task Force (DTV CC & VD Task Force), to be created under the auspices of the FCC, that will enable the Commission to take a leadership role in ensuring continued access to closed captions and video description as our nation transitions from analog to digital television. The purpose of the task force will be to conduct an assessment of closed captioning and video description problems associated with DTV and to work with the FCC to find and disseminate solutions. Specifically, the task force will:
- Identify current and anticipated problems with the transmission and display of digital closed captions and video description;
- Evaluate the closed captioning and video description capabilities of digital equipment; and
- Develop solutions to ensure that closed captions and video description are passed through intact to the consumer.