Verbit Buys U.S. Captioning

Verbit, a provider of voice AI transcription and captioning solutions, has acquired U.S. Captioning to further its media vertical expansion efforts. U.S. Captioning is a U.S.-based provider of closed captioning services for TV stations, networks, producers and programmers. Established in 1999, U.S. Captioning offers post-production captioning in over 45 languages in addition to its real-time captioning […]

NAB SHOW 2022

Broadcasters, Vendors Tout Cloud Progress At Devoncroft

While previous Devoncroft conferences took place at off-site hotels, the 2022 edition was co-located with the NAB Show and held on the Main Stage of the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It drew hundreds of senior executives for an afternoon of panel discussions on everything from cloud migration and IP connectivity to virtual production and blockchain technology. Above, Devoncroft Principal Analyst Josh Stinehour (left) and Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley talking technology.

Telestream Debuts Stanza, A Subscription-Based Broadcast-Quality Captioning/Subtitling Solution

Telestream, a global provider of workflow automation, media processing, quality monitoring and test and measurement solutions for video production and distribution, has introduced Stanza, a new high-quality captioning and subtitling software product designed for large and small companies alike. Stanza, the company says, “provides a low-cost entry point for organizations requiring high-end captioning capabilities by offering a subscription-based OPEX business model.” […]

3Play Media Offers Live Captioning And Auto Captioning Failover Solution

3Play Media, a video accessibility provider, has rolled out Live Professional Captioning, what it calls “the first captioning platform to offer professional captioning by a human with auto captioning failover. The new platform is the first major technology innovation in the live captioning market in years and revitalizes the industry, which has historically been reliant […]

Take 1 To Acquire Transcription-Captioning Company Verb8tm

U.K.-based transcription, access and localization services provider to the media and entertainment sector, Take 1, has entered into an agreement to acquire Maryland-based transcription and captioning company, Verb8tm. The transaction is scheduled to close Dec. 31 and, Take 1 said, “will strengthen Take 1’s position in the U.S. with the addition of Verb8tm’s staff and technology.” Verb8tm […]

FCC Slaps Streamer Pluto TV With $3.5M Fine

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau says ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV has agreed to pay a $3.5 million civil penalty over claims that Pluto TV streamed off-TV video on some platforms without the availability of the requisite captions, in violation of FCC rules. The company has also admitted to liability for its actions.

3Play Media Taps Former NCI Chief To Lead Live Captioning Product

3Play Media, a video accessibility provider, announced today that it has hired Jill Brooks, former president and chief operating officer of the National Captioning Institute, to lead its live video captioning efforts. “We are thrilled to bring Jill, an accessibility trailblazer, to 3Play Media to help us redefine the live captioning market,” Chris Antunes, co-CEO […]

Verbit Acquires VITAC Captioning Platform

Verbit, a provider of an AI-powered transcription platform, has purchased VITAC, a provider of captioning products and solutions. The purchase, Verbit says, will position it as the “number one player in the professional transcription and captioning market across legal, media, education, government and corporate sectors.” Together with VITAC’s 35 years of captioning expertise — including […]

Pa. State Senate Improves Accessibility For Hard-of-Hearing Constituents With ENCO enCaption

Pennsylvania’s Senate Video Facility provides citizens with government transparency through gavel-to-gavel television coverage of Senate sessions plus select committee meetings and public hearings. Wanting to enhance accessibility for hard-of-hearing individuals, the Senate chose the enCaption system from ENCO to provide automated closed captioning for its TV operations. enCaption has also enabled the Senate to provide in-room open captions for hard-of-hearing meeting participants on an as-needed basis. The Senate’s initial closed captioning efforts many years ago pulled data from the court reporter’s transcription system, […]

ENCO Founder Eugene Novacek Dies

Eugene Novacek, founder of ENCO, a provider of software for radio and television, including playout automation, captioning, scheduling and streaming, died Jan. 1, 2020 in New York following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61. He is survived by his wife, Judith Novacek; his daughter, Kristin Heinbockel; his son Andrew Novacek, and granddaughter, Evany […]

EEG Offering Advanced Captioning Solutions At IBC

Video technology company EEG focuses on cloud workflow products for closed captioning, accessibility and metadata processing applications. It will be exhibiting at IBC 2019 (Sept. 13-17, RAI Amsterdam) at stand 14.B35 and will be featuring several products, including: Lexi Local, its newest product that offers automatic, live captioning on-premises and off the cloud. (Lexi Local is soon-to-be […]

NAB SHOW PRODUCTS PREVIEW

On The NAB Exhibit Floor: DoCaption

DoCaption | Booth SU1721 | www.docaption.com DoCaption develops software and ruggedized hardware solutions for TV broadcast, including captioning/subtitling and ancillary data encoding and decoding platforms. DoCaption has updated its flagship LRBox platform-based product line, a comprehensive series of hardware tools for SDI ancillary data management including, but not limited to, closed captioning and subtitling. DoCaption’s […]

Facebook Poised To Add Video Ad Captions

The social network plans to begin automatically putting captions in video ads running in its news feed, which play automatically with the sound off by default, to reduce the negative noise without silencing ads’ effectiveness. The automatic captioning is part of Facebook’s push to reduce the friction in getting people to check out the content that appears in their news feeds, particularly on mobile.

STATION ADVISORY

Church Programming Not Exempt From Captioning

Online Video Captioning Rules Kick In April 30