Searching for: Online Captions

The good news for caption viewers is that more and more online programs are being captioned.   The bad news – it’s often hard to find out just what is captioned. Unlike TV, where a viewer can count on captions 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, the world of the Internet is hit or miss.   A person could spend 15 minutes deciding which movie they’d like to view, then load it, only to find it is not captioned (and unwatchable if you are deaf or hard of hearing).

On Monday, Apple announced that captioned programming on iTunes will be identified with a CC logo, visible in the iTunes store.  Though captioned video on iTunes is still the minority, the searchabiilty factor is a huge benefit.    To find all the content with closed captioning on iTunes, select the category you want to search, and check the option to search only for closed captioning before you use the Search button.

Hulu allows the user to search for captioned video as well.  Using the “advanced search” tab at the bottom of the page, choose “only show videos with closed captioning.”

VITAC has captioned many of the programs now captioned on iTunes and Hulu.  What do you think of the way the sites convert the captions to online formats?  What would you like to see changed as we migrate to a more accessible web? Let us know!

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