FCC Grants Final Waiver on Accessibility Rules for Video Game Software

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended a waiver that temporarily makes video games exempt from the accessibility requirements set forth in the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau OK’d the extension at the request of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). … Read More

The Benefits of Captioning Digital Video

by: David Titmus

The Internet is the new frontier for closed captioning. Audiences of all ages continue to turn to the Internet and their mobile devices as more high-quality video content becomes available. This change in viewing habits is especially true among millennials, and digital video producers and advertisers have taken notice by … Read More

Expanded Audio Description on TV Programs: Coming Soon!

by: David Titmus

Many TV fans who are blind or have low vision rely on audio description to experience television programming. In the same way captions provide a visual way to experience sound, audio description provides an audio means to experience video. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues, and … Read More

FCC Delays Ruling on Audio Description Expansion

by: VITAC

The FCC most likely won’t act upon any rulings Post-Election Many blind and individuals with low-vision are frustrated after an item regarding audio description expansion (referred to as video description by the FCC) was deleted from the FCC’s November 17th open meeting agenda. Audio description is a verbal representation of visual … Read More

FCC Announces Effective Date for Captioning Responsibilities Report and Order

by: VITAC

Video Programmer and VPD Caption Responsibilities Take Effect September 22, 2016; Certifications, New Caption Complaint Process to be Announced at Later Date Earlier year, the FCC released a Report and Order clarifying television closed captioning responsibilities in regard to compliance with the FCC Caption Quality Best Practices that went into effect March … Read More

FCC To Possibly Extend Audio Description Rules

by: VITAC

FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Expanding Audio Description Rules Have you heard the buzz about audio description? Audio description offers blind and low-vision audiences the opportunity to enjoy television or film programming. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues such as characters and costumes, and text … Read More

FCC Report and Order Clarifies Captioning Responsibilities

by: VITAC

When the FCC Caption Quality Best Practices went into effect, there was a bit of confusion as to who would be responsible for ensuring compliance and resolving any closed captioning issues with the new regulations. Was it the captioning company, the video programming distributor, or the video programming owner/producer’s duty? … Read More

VITAC Participates in FCC Hosted PEG Roundtable Discussion

by: VITAC

VITAC’s VP of Marketing, Heather York speaking at the FCC’s roundtable event to discuss closed captioning of PEG programming Universities and local governments are increasingly making their PEG (Public, Educational, and Government) programming accessible with closed captions. This type of programming can range anywhere from a locally produced talk or … Read More