Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TV captioning exceptions

If a TV station wants a waiver to the FCC's new closed captioning requirements, they can file an appeal online. The window for filing such a request starts tomorrow. The rule also applies to cable operators and program producers. In February, the Commission ordered video program creators and distributors to make an effort to improve the quality of closed captioning but the FCC is willing to hear from those who say doing so is a financial burden. While the FCC didn't set any specific standards, the FCC says that any organization asking for exceptions will be judged on the basis of the nature and cost of closed captions for that particular programming, the type of operation, the impact on the operation of the provider and the providers financial resources.