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FCC Implements Closed Caption Requirements for Online Video

July 2014 – The Federal Communications Commission has announced new sanctions extending closed captioning for online video content, including: “straight lift” clips, montages, live and near-live television programming. Under the Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and internet protocol (IP) closed captioning rules, the decision aims to further access to online content for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Program distributors will be required to provide closed captioning for online video-clips of programming that originally appeared on television. Compliance deadlines begin in 2016 and extend into 2017.

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