New FCC Best Practices, Summarized by VITAC

by: VITAC

VITAC logo under FCC logoIn January, the FCC released a Report and Order documenting a new set of closed captioning best practices, which will go into effect March 16, 2015*. The Report and Order, a comprehensive, 150-page document, details the new requirements but also mentions the state of new technology in the industry and discusses the contributions of the players in the best practices rulings (including VITAC), among other significant details.

We at VITAC took upon ourselves the challenge of consolidating the FCC Report and Order for the sake of understanding, at a glance, the pieces and parts of the ruling that would most directly affect our customers. The linked document is a one-page summary of the FCC’s ruling, divided into three sections: responsibilities of video programmers, responsibilities of captioning vendors/Captioners, and critical definitions for understanding the new rulings.

To discuss compliance certification and the new mandates, please email sales@vitac.com.

*The released Report and Order for realtime and offline captioning best practices was originally dated to go into effect January 15, 2015. The date has since been amended to now take effect March 16, 2015