Monday, December 28, 2009

A year in captioning news

From Bill Creswell's blog, who strives to caption video content on the Internet:

A year in captioning news: (5/12/09)

Captionfish launched with the goal of providing captioned film results for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, expanded to include Descriptive Video listings, and soon to provide subtitled movie listings!


The web offers a world of quality videos for our enjoyment and enlightenment. Captioned and subtitled videos are an answer; however, they are generally scattered and/or mixed with all other videos across the Internet. 22frames, by continually indexing videos from these multiple hosts, offers an increasingly comprehensive catalog covering many different topics.

HR3101 / Caption Action 2

H.R. 3101: Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 Introduced
Jun 26, 2009 Sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey. Caption Action2 Supported by Jamie Berke, Robert Goodwin, and publicized by Marlee Matlin.

TrailerSpy Add Closed Captioned trailers

First “public” movie trailer site to add closed captioned movie trailers.

Hulu adds caption search

Another example of how making things accessible for the Deaf/hh makes things better for everyone.

The President of the United States offers Captioning on White House Videos

President Obama has all his addresses captioned, available at

Automatic Captioning on YouTube

Yes, we all know that automatic captioning is not optimal, but it 100% of videos can be available be 75% accurate, some access is provided, and maybe some more people will want to make sure there message is clear, and provide their own captions.

NetFlix Resists Online Captions

Netflix seem to initially say that it was technologically difficult, then seemed to add it to their development plans for 2010. Let’s hope it’s not an empty promise