July 14, 2014
(Thanks to Matt Nagy for posting)
Heads up for those who work on anything for broadcast… in 2016 the FCC will require Closed Captioning for web video for content that was previously aired over broadcast. It covers straight clips and montages of clips as well.
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action released Friday July 11, 2014.
FCC MOVES TO ENSURE ONLINE VIDEO CLIPS ARE
ACCESSIBLE TO AMERICANS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
New Rules Will Require Captioning of Certain Online Video Clips Beginning in 2016
Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that will
require closed captioning of video clips that are posted online. The new rules further the purpose of the
Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (CVAA) by helping to
ensure equal access to all forms of programming by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing when
they watch video content online.
Specifically, the rules extend the Commission’s IP closed captioning rules adopted in 2012, which cover
full-length videos online, to video clips if the original programming was shown on television in the
United States with captions. The new rules apply to video programming distributors that air
programming – including broadcasters and cable and satellite distributors— on television and then post
clips of that programming on their own website or via their own mobile app.
The new rules do not extend to third party websites or apps.
Compliance deadlines vary based on the type of video clip.
To read the statement in detail and how this affects you, click here.
For further information, contact Diana Sokolow (202-418-2120; firstname.lastname@example.org). Press contact:
Janice Wise (202-418-8165; email@example.com).
For news and information about the FCC, please visit: www.fcc.gov