Sunday, October 28, 2012

Web Series You Aren't Watching: 1. Burning Love

Why do we have a petition asking Yahoo to update its video player to support closed captioning, now? One reason is because deaf and hard of hearing people do not have access to popular Yahoo entertainment productions like Burning Love, a reality dating parody of ABC's show The Bachelor. On the show, a "thick-headed, single man" chooses from among "demented beauties," including a homeless lady.

In fact, Burning Love, which includes guest appearances by celebrities, is so successful on Yahoo that Yahoo together with Paramount, recently ordered two more seasons of Burning Love. This news was reported last week by Variety and others.. If Yahoo does not update its video player soon, this means deaf and hard of hearing people will miss out on not one, but THREE seasons of a top web television program. Season 2 is going to be a parody of The Bachelorette, and season 3 will parody Bachelor Pad.


 Burning Love is but one of the many reasons why we need to convince Yahoo to update its video player NOW. The longer we wait, the more we miss out on. There is no excuse. Other companies have already updated their video players and are accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people, while Yahoo remains totally inaccessible!

If you haven't already done so, sign the caption Yahoo petition at http://tinyurl.com/captionYahoo! If you have already signed, pass this URL on to other people - and they do not have to be members of Facebook to sign!


Sample news media reports:

MSN.com: Hilarious Bachelor Parody Leads to Bachelorette Parody
The Wrap: Ken Marino Preps 'Burning Love' Seasons 2 & 3: Which Comedic Heavyweights Will Cameo?

Sample reviews:
BuzzSugar: Watch Ken Marino, Ben Stiller, and Jennifer Aniston Hilariously Spoof The Bachelor 
Wired:
Wired: 11 Web Series to Heat Up Your Summer (Plus a Few to Avoid)
Tubefilter: Yahoo Picks Up Ben Stiller’s ‘Burning Love’ For Two More Seasons

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Caption Action 2: October 2012 Newsletter

This is the Caption Action 2 newsletter for October 2012.

We like to start off with good news, so here is some that many of you have waited for. Just in case you don't know already, here it is:

Netflix and the National Association of the Deaf reached an agreement whereby 100% of Netflix's programming will be closed captioned by 2014! Details on NAD's website: http://www.nad.org/news/2012/10/netflix-and-national-association-deaf-reach-historic-agreement-provide-100-closed-capti.

The September 30, 2012 deadline for Internet captioning of television programs not edited for Internet broadcast, has already passed. Keep your eyes on the next deadline coming up. Here is the language from the Federal Communications Commission's page on Internet captioning (http://www.fcc.gov/guides/captioning-internet-video-programming):

March 30, 2013: Live and near-live video programming must be captioned on the Internet if it is shown on TV with captions on or after March 30, 2013. Near-live video programming is defined as programming that is performed and recorded less than 24 hours before being shown on TV for the first time.

Read more: http://www.causes.com/causes/306249-caption-action-2-internet-closed-captioning/actions/1692712