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Live and near-live video programming must be captioned on the Internet if it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2013. Near-live video programming is defined as programming that is performed and recorded less than 24 hours before being shown on TV for the first time.

Archival Internet Video Programming

The following deadlines apply to video programming that a distributor already shows on the Internet. Distributors have extra time to add captions to video programming that they already show on the Internet and that is later shown on TV with captions, as follows:

  • Within 45 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2014 and before March 30, 2015;
  • Within 30 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2015 and before March 30, 2016; and
  • Within 15 days after the date it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2016

Caption Editor Profile

Meet Jesika, one of our youngest postproduction closed captioning editors.

Caption Editor

Caption Editor

CC: Tell us about your background.

Jesika:  I was born in Washington.  I made my way to Germany in college, reinforcing my love of gray, cloudy skies.  I graduated from Columbia College, a private liberal arts women’s college in Columbia, S. C., with a B. A. in English with a minor in art.

CC:  How did college prepare you for postproduction closed captioning?

Jesika:  At Columbia College, I received instruction on the craft of writing and editing.  I also worked as a writing tutor.  Between grammar classes and hands-on journalism experience, I learned how to form sentences properly, which makes it easier to break them down for transcription.  Punctuation is important in quality closed captioning.  A poorly punctuated sentence can cause confusion for the viewer.

CC:  What do you like best about postproduction closed captioning?

Jesika:  I like having the opportunity to play around with words.  Some of the programs we caption at CompuScripts Captioning are especially entertaining; I never thought I’d become a fan of old Westerns!

CC:  CompuScripts is a YouTube Ready Qualified Vendor.  Do you have any favorite YouTube videos?

Jesika:  Some YouTube videos I’ve enjoyed in the past include Evolution of Dance, Maru, and wacky music videos.  MysteryGuitarMan’s videos are also fun.  The stop-motion animation of an Excelspreadsheet is amazing!

CC:  Do you have any hobbies?

Jesika: My current interests are writing, studying languages, and designing t-shirts.  I enjoy urban fantasy books and television, and “Star Wars” has always been one of my top movies.  Lately, I’ve been listening to music by The Starlight Mints and Culcha Candela.  I’m also a foodie.  A Whole Foods just opened nearby, and it’s hazardous to the wallet!

CC:  If you ever join the circus, for what act will postproduction closed captioning prepare you?

Jesika:  Juggling.  In postproduction closed captioning, you’re always multitasking.  Between transcribing video, editing scripts, and putting time code to captions, there is a lot involved in producing quality closed captions.

CC:  CompuScripts can deliver postproduction closed captioning in pop-on, roll-up, realtime, or subtitle formats.  Do you have a favorite format to watch?

Jesika:  I prefer pop-on captions.  I like how pop-on allows for speaker identification.  I also like how the on-screen placement of the pop-on caption can affect the meaning of the caption.  Because of the editing involved and the attention to time cuts, the pop-on caption becomes a part of the video.

CC:  CompuScripts produced a YouTube sample video about the South Carolina Lizard Man.  If you were charged with our next YouTube video, what would it be?

Jesika:  There was talk in the office about a YouTube video featuring grammar zombies.  While I don’t know if zombification is the way to go, I think some sort of lexical battle is in order.

CC:  If CompuScripts Captioning ever becomes a musical workplace, a la television’s “Glee,” what song will you sing?

Jesika:  “Interjections!” from “Schoolhouse Rock.”   As it explains, interjections are great for when you’re happy, sad, frightened, mad, or glad.  That pretty much covers any sort of day.

CC:  Describe your dream postproduction closed captioning job.

Jesika:  A hyperkinetic cartoon or sci-fi action series.  There would never be a dull moment!

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Netflix and NAD Agreement

ImageAfter two years in federal court, Netflix, Inc. and the National Association of the Deaf have submitted a joint Consent Decree which will ensure closed captions in 100% of Netflix streaming content by September 30, 2014.

As of October 9, 2012, the date of the decree, Netflix affirmed that 82% of its streaming content was available with closed captions.  Netflix must now achieve a captioned rate of 90% of its streaming content by September 30, 2013.  Additionally, by 2016, new on-demand streaming content must be available with closed captions within seven days of its launch.  In meeting the deadlines specified in the decree, Netflix agreed to prioritize its most highly-viewed programming for the inclusion of closed captions.

Commenting on the agreement, Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of NAD, said, “The National Association of the Deaf congratulates Netflix for committing to 100% captioning, and is thrilled to announce that 48 million deaf and hard of hearing people will be able to fully access Netflix’s Watch Instantly services.”  Within Netflix, “Watch Instantly” refers to the company’s streaming content services.

Neil Hunt, Netflix Chief Product Officer, also responded positively.  “We have worked consistently to make the broadest possible selection of titles available to Netflix members who are deaf or hard of hearing and are far and away the industry leader in doing so.  We are pleased to have reached this agreement and hope it serves as a benchmark for other providers of streaming video entertainment,” he said.

To read the National Association of the Deaf’s announcement of the Consent Decree in its entirety, go to http://www.nad.org/news/2012/10/netflix-and-national-association-deaf-reach-historic-agreement-provide-100-closed-capti

To read the Consent Decree in its entirety, go to http://dredf.org/captioning/netflix-consent-decree-10-10-12.pdf

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“Quality is not an act. It is a habit.”

-Aristotle

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Realtime Captioner’s Writing Machine – photo courtesy of Stenograph