Advocacy Group Hopes to Ensure Complete and Accurate Captioning Online With a Billion Words

On February 20 of this year the FCC issued a ruling that all television programming, including streaming services such as Netflix, must include closed captioning. In addition, all TV shows that are aired on broadcast TV and uploaded online to these sites must be captioned within 45 days.

Specifically, the order adopts quality standards for accuracy, synchronicity (timing), program completeness, and placement of closed captions. The first deadline for compliance is quickly approaching on April 30, 2014.

With this in mind, a TV-centric website called Viki, has launched the Billion Words March, a global campaign to support access to streamed TV shows and movies for 360 million people worldwide with deafness and hearing loss.

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