FCC to Hold Dec. 2 Forum on OTT Closed Captioning

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WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission will be holding the `Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Closed Captioning' on December 2, to explore ways to improve accessibility of OTT content. 

The virtual forum will run from 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm ET on December 2. The FCC’s Media Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will co-host the Forum.  FCC chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel will welcome Forum participants and Senator Ed Markey will deliver keynote remarks.

The forum will also feature two panels with speakers from television, cable, and online video programming distributors, academia and consumer advocacy organizations.  

The FCC noted that consumers currently access video programming from providers that range from traditional entities, such as broadcasters and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), to a growing number of online streaming service providers, including those that operate social media platforms.  

`The Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Closed Captioning' will explore the state of closed captioning availability for online video programming and discuss ways to enhance accessibility, including the Commission’s authority to adopt new rules, the FCC said. 

The Forum also will explore current and prospective best practices and other existing or possible voluntary efforts that could enhance the availability of closed captioning online.

The public event will be streamed live on fcc.gov/live and the FCC’s YouTube channel. Additional information is available here

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.