Closed Captions, Regulations & Benefits Explained
Closed captioning is the visual display of the audio portion of video programming.
Captioning provides access to individuals who are deaf or have hearing loss and is often used in places where it’s difficult to hear a TV program.
On January 12, 2012, the FCC adopted rules requiring captioned programs shown on TV to be captioned when re-shown on the Internet. Those rules implement provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA).
What kind of content needs to include Closed Captions?
This may be the most popular question we hear. The laws may seem complicated, but they are not. Below are the highlights of the FCC requirements for closed captions. (Full FCC closed captions guideline here.)
Additional details regarding closed captions, searchable captions and subtitles, can be found here.