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21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act in Plain Language – Part One

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act in Plain Language – Part One Editor: You may have been hearing about the “21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act” introduced by Representative Markey. It is an attempt to bring Federal laws regarding accessibility for people with disabilities into the 21st century and we heartily support it. Here’s a “plain language” description ...

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21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Introduced

21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act Introduced Editor: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, also known as the Markey bill, has been introduced to the House. It requires improved communications and video access for people with disabilities. Here’s the report from NVRC. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ June 2008 GOOD NEWS: The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act is being ...

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American Experience “The Presidents” Downloads have Closed Captioning and Video Description

American Experience “The Presidents” Downloads have Closed Captioning and Video Description Editor: PBS has long lead in the area of providing accessible media for people with disabilities. They continue that trend by providing free downloads of the “Presidents” series with closed captioning and video description. Here’s their press release. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 2008 PBS’ American Experience is offering free downloads of ...

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Captioned YouTube

Captioned YouTube? Yep, at least if someone takes advantage of the CaptionSync automated captioning system to provide captioning for YouTube videos. Here’s the story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ September 2008 Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) today announced its CaptionSync automated captioning system delivers caption output for YouTube video. This will allow content owners to now bring their YouTube video to a broader audience and ...

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Goldberg Testimony on Markey Bill – Part One

Goldberg Testimony on Markey Bill – Part One Editor: The Markey Bill is more formally known as the “Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2007”, and will require accessibility for people with disabilities to various media. Of particular interest to people with hearing loss is the requirement for captioning on video on the Internet. Here’s the testimony of ...

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DigitalChalk Partners with IBM to Automate Closed Captioning for Video Training

DigitalChalk Partners with IBM to Automate Closed Captioning for Video Training Editor: Here’s more good news in the captioned video arena. Digital Chalk and IBM are teaming to provide an automated transcription service! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In a first for user generated video content, DigitalChalk will begin offering an automatic Closed Captioning service to training professionals when they upload video. DigitalChalk, a ...

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Captioned Web Videos from BBC

Captioned Web Videos from BBC By Cheryl Heppner Editor: If you’re interested in getting an international view of what’s going on in the world, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) does a great job of providing that kind of information. And, their website has captioned videos! Here’s the report from NVRC. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I just skipped over to the BBC website to ...

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XOrbit Announces Direct-to-MPEG Closed Captioning Solution

XOrbit Announces Direct-to-MPEG Closed Captioning Solution Editor: This is great news for anyone who is concerned about the availability of captioned videos on the Internet. Hopefully everyone who produces videos will include captions if it’s easy enough to do. Here’s the press release! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Groundbreaking New System Bypasses Editing Suite and Videotape Requirement to Cut Time and Cost of Embedding ...

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CNET Unveils CNET TV 2.0 With Closed Captioning

CNET Unveils CNET TV 2.0 With Closed Captioning Editor: I think we can all agree that CNET TV having closed captioning is a great thing. But it may be even more important that the announcement of CNET TV 2.0 included the fact that it features closed captioning. You’d almost think they were talking about a mainstream feature! Here’s the press ...

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Proposed Legislation Promotes Accessibility

Proposed Legislation Promotes Accessibility Editor: We’ve been concerned for years that emerging IP technology is reversing many of the accessibility victories that people with hearing loss have won in the last 20 years. Now it appears that our advocacy has paid off, as proposed Federal legislation seeks to ensure that television and telecommunication services provided over IP networks provide access ...

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