— The FCC has
extended the comment period on its proposed rules for closed-captioning on
Internet-delivered TV shows. Comments are now due Oct. 2, with replies due Nov.
Comments initially were due Sept. 3, with replies due Sept. 30. Several parties, including the
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Hearing Loss
Association of America and others, requested a 60-day extension for comments and a 30-day extension on
replies to give “consumer electronics industry members time to engage in a
collaborative dialogue on the issues raised” in the related Further Notice of
The FNPRM, released June 14, was an amendment to the original closed-captioning
Order released 18 months prior, which required broadcasters to close-caption full-length
TV content redistributed online starting Sept. 30, 2012. Live and near-live
programming was to be captioned by March 30, 2013, and substantially edited
content will have to be captioned as of the end of next month.
The deadline for device compliance, however, was not until Jan. 1, 2014. The
June FNPRM extended the compliance deadline for Blu-ray and DVD players,
exempted DSLRs and allowed either rendering or pass-through. It also excluded
video clips pending further fact-finding by the FCC’s Media Bureau.
August 5, 2013,
FCC Rules Loom for Closed Captioning
broadcast video, where every station transmits the same ATSC spec and every
consumer TV set can display the closed captions carried in ATSC video, the Web
is like the ‘Wild Wild West’ of video formats.”
June 16, 2013,
Cleanup: Device Deadlines Defined, Clips Get Punted”
102-page regulation triggering online closed-captioning has been amended with
another 46 pages on device compliance deadlines, outtakes and how
descriptive words get to second-, third-, and screens to infinity and beyond.
August 7, 2012,
The fuse on the FCC mandate for closed captioning of certain webcast video
material is growing short, with Sept. 30, 2012 the deadline for the first phase
April 9, 2012
Closes In on Independent Producers
Over the last two weeks, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
sent out more than 230 notices seeking specific information by a date certain
that will otherwise trigger the closed-captioning requirement.
Jan. 25, 2012,
File for New Closed-Caption Exemptions
The FCC changed the qualifications for exemptions last October, and notified
590 programmers they would have to file new petitions for exemptions granted under
rules established in 2006.