Internet Posting of Pre-Recorded and Live TV Programs To Be Captioned

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Internet Posting of Pre-Recorded and Live TV Programs To Be Captioned

Apr 9 2013

One year ago, April 12, 2012, HLAA reported that the FCC had set a schedule for captioning over the Internet.

Well, a year later, we are seeing the rules for captioning over the Internet taking effect: pre-recorded video programming and live and “near live” programming that has been aired on television first with captions, must now be captioned when viewed over the Internet.

According to the FCC website:

The following deadlines apply to video programming that a distributor shows for the first time on the Internet (newly added to the distributor's inventory of Internet video programming):

  • September 30, 2012: Pre-recorded video programming that is not "edited for the Internet" must be captioned on the Internet if it is shown on TV with captions on or after September 30, 2012. "Edited for the Internet" means the TV version has been substantially edited. Examples of editing for this purpose are: deleting scenes or altering musical scores. Changing the number or duration of commercials is not considered "editing" for this purpose.
  • March 30, 2013: Live and near-live video programming must be captioned on the Internet if it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2013. Near-live video programming is defined as programming that is performed and recorded less than 24 hours before being shown on TV for the first time.

More is on the way:

  • September 30, 2013: Pre-recorded video programming that is substantially edited for the Internet must be captioned if it is shown on TV with captions on or after September 30, 2013.

If you believe the program you want to watch over the Internet should be captioned, but isn’t, you can file a complaint with the FCC:

You can file your complaint with the FCC using online complaint form 2000C found at www.fcc.gov/complaints. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20554

For more information, see http://www.fcc.gov/guides/captioning-internet-video-programming