The FCC’s Report and Order (R&O) outlining closed captioning mandates for Internet Protocol (IP)-delivered programming was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012, thus setting the deadlines for captioning compliance. The new rules require IP-delivered programming to be captioned if it was originally captioned on television.
IP-delivered programming includes, but is not limited to, video displayed via YouTube, Hulu, Blu-ray players, smart phones, game consoles, set top boxes, Video on Demand, company websites, tablets, and personal computers.
The FCC has set the following deadlines for compliance.
September 30, 2012: Prerecorded programming that is not edited for Internet distribution;
March 30, 2013: Live and near-live programming that was recorded within 24 hours of broadcast on television;
September 30, 2013: Prerecorded programming that is edited for Internet distribution.
Older video programming, that is, “all programming that is already in the VPD’s library before it is shown on television with captions” must be captioned by following deadlines:
March 30, 2014: Programming must be captioned within 45 days after the date it is shown on television with captions
March 30, 2015: Programming must be captioned within 30 days after the date it is shown on television with captions
March 30, 2016: Programming must be captioned within 15 days after the date it is shown on television with captions
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For more information, see The FCC Compliance Guide.