Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Captioning Rules Proposed for Movie Theaters

The Justice Department wants to require movie theaters to show movies with closed captioning. Attorney General Eric Holder writes in the proposal:
These individuals are often shut out from the movie-going experience; this exclusion occurs even though the vast majority of motion pictures released by the major domestic movie studios include closed captioning and to a lesser extent, audio description. (They) cannot fully take part in movie-going outings with family or friends, join in social conversations about recent movie releases, or otherwise participate in a meaningful way
The requirement would kick in six months after the final rule is published. You've got until the end of next month to comment on it. Read the proposed rule change here.