Eventually, Congress or the White House is going to cave and the FCC will be back to its old self. That’s too bad. Wouldn’t it be nice if the shutdown of some pointless and counterproductive broadcast regulations were permanent?
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.
Many streaming video providers offer movies and television shows with embedded text descriptions for those who cannot hear the words being spoken.
The NCTA has asked the FCC to make it clear that pay TV operators are not responsible for seeking closed-captioning registration or compliance certification for every show that runs on each programming network.
Modified programmer compliance certifications and complaint procedures to take effect on Sept. 22. Video programmers will have to provide annual certifications to the FCC concerning their provision of captioning and their compliance with the commission’s quality control process. Additionally, the commission has revised the way that complaints about captions are to be processed.