To accommodate the hearing impaired, the FCC requires stations to caption news and other live programming that they broadcast with minimal delays between the audio and captions. Some broadcasters would like to go beyond the regulatory mandate and caption all the programming they put on digital media. Automated captioning, helped by artificial intelligence, is closing in on making that a real possibility.
The buzz around the IP transition, the cloud and AI was so loud at this year’s IBC that the walls were practically humming with it. Although frequency of that buzz may be too future-pitched to fully resonate with many broadcasters, the conversation about how to manage such a major transition continues to gain clarity.