Captioning Mandates for Prerecorded IP-delivered Programs Take Effect


Effective this week, prerecorded content that airs on TV with captions must be captioned when delivered via Internet Protocol (IP).

A result of the Twenty-First Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the rule applies to unedited prerecorded content that originally airs on television with captions after September 30, 2012.

A number of our clients already comply with the new rule. Here are just a few:

Most of online video players are now equipped with a CC button. Simply click the button to turn on the captions. You’ll find examples of this feature on YouTube, Hulu, and Discovery Channel’s website. This is also how you’ll access captioned videos on Android phones.

In order to see captioned videos on Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV), you may need to change settings on the device itself. For iPads and iPhones, choose Settings | Videos | Closed Captioning ON.

Note that many IP-delivered programs include advertisements before and during the show. These commercials are often not captioned. We hope this will change in the future.