FCC Again Extends Deadline for Audible Emergency Alerting Rule

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) again has extended the compliance deadline for a long-discussed rule that would require broadcasters to present aurally via secondary audio all emergency information shown visually during programming outside of regularly scheduled newscasts and breaking news cut-ins. The “Audible Crawl Rule,” which went into effect in … Read More

FCC Updates Top Five Non-Broadcast Networks Subject to Video Description

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month announced changes to its list of the top five national non-broadcast networks subject to video description requirements. Beginning July 1, the new top five national non-broadcast networks, based on Nielsen ratings, will be USA, HGTV, TBS, Discovery, and History. The commission updates … Read More

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: VITAC Captions Add Accessibility to MLB Mobile App

by: David Titmus

A Major League Baseball (MLB) mobile app is creating a more inclusive experience for fans following their favorite teams. MLB’s “Ballpark” app incorporates captions – provided by VITAC – directly into team applications, available at the touch of a button, meaning that fans who wish to read captions on their … Read More

10 Simple Ways to Make a Captioner’s Job Easier (and Everyone Else Happier)

by: Monica Brooks

As captioners, we listen to people talking all day, and it’s our job to figure out how to translate that into written text. Everyone has shows they like and dislike, but some programs are simply easier to caption than others. The qualities that make for low-stress captioning tend to be … Read More

VITAC Addresses Need for Accessible Solutions for All in Law360

by: VITAC

An article appearing in Law360 by VITAC Chief Marketing Officer John Capobianco addresses the need for businesses to provide accessible solutions for all customers, clients, and employees – whether it be via captioned content, wheelchair access, or accessible website design. Providing that accessibility, Mr. Capobianco writes, not only satisfies ADA … Read More

Captions and Commencements: Making Graduation Ceremonies Accessible to All

by: David Titmus

The month of May not only brings Spring flowers and the (unofficial) start to wedding season, but it’s also graduation time as high schools, colleges, and universities prepare to move students along to the next chapters of their lives. The ceremonies taking place in the coming weeks at schools across … Read More

NAB Wrap-Up: Introducing VITAC Control Tower™, Captioning Major League Baseball Games, and Catching up with Old and New Friends

by: David Titmus

Though the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show wrapped up earlier this month, VITAC again would like to thank everyone who took the time at this year’s show to meet with us, learn more about our products and services, or just stop by to say “hello.” We were thrilled … Read More

Heads Up Daily: It’s (Mostly) Fun and Games Bringing Captions to eSports Show

by: Sarah McPartland

When the average person hears “HUD,” they think of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal agency responsible for addressing America’s housing needs and enforcing fair housing laws. Isn’t that what we all think of when we hear “HUD?” Well, maybe not all. In VITAC Offline, “HUD” stands for something entirely … Read More

NHL Playoffs: VITAC Captions Quest for the Stanley Cup

by: David Titmus

The National Hockey League drops the puck on its second season tonight with a trio of divisional rivalry games, and VITAC once again is lacing up the skates to provide captions in the quest for the Stanley Cup. Opening round playoff action begins on NBC stations with the Philadelphia Flyers … Read More

VITAC Integrations – Where Technology Meets Captioning

by: David Titmus

No matter how you look at it, online video continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. Video is projected to account for more than 80 percent of all web traffic by 2019, and live Internet video is expected to make up 13 percent of web traffic by 2021. YouTube … Read More