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Effective Date and Compliance Deadlines for IP Closed Captioning of Video Clips

August 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission released a public notice informing citizens of an adopted order requiring closed captioning of internet video clips [MB Docket No. 11-154]. According to the Federal Register summary, published August 5, 2014, the adopted rules concerning video clips delivered using Internet protocol will be effective on September 4, 2014. Compliance dates are as follow:

  • January 1, 2016: “Straight lift” clips or video clips containing a single excerpt of a captioned television program with the same video and audio previously aired on television;
  • January 1, 2017: “Montages” or a single file containing multiple straight lift clips;
  • July 1, 2017: Video clips of programming shown live or near-live on television.

The FCC is also requesting additional comments on the Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by October 6, 2014, with reply comments by November 3, 2014. For additional information, please click the link below.

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