Saturday, July 12, 2014

FCC votes on requiring more captioning

The FCC voted unanimously yesterday to require closed-captioning be added to online video clips--if  those clips have already aired on TV. However, the rules do not apply to video that has never aired on TV. That includes shows airing only on Netflix or YouTube. The FCC also set up a timeline for broadcasters. They must add captions by January 1, 2016. A year from then (January 1, 2017) broadcasters must have captions on all montages.  Programming that aired live on TV (or nearly live) must be captioned by July of that year.