Friday, March 15, 2013

Caption Action 2: March 2013 Newsletter

This is the Caption Action 2 newsletter for March 2013.

First, a final quick reminder: THIS month is a very important milestone for internet captioning law. By the end of this month - on March 30, 2013 - live and near-live video programming must be captioned online if it is shown on regular TV.

More Award Shows!

This month there are two key web series festivals: the Los Angeles Web Series Festival, and the Hollyweb festival. The Los Angeles festival is screening over 200 web series. Checking out the selected web series for both and reaching out to the producers to ask for closed captions. Some have already responded positively to say they will caption, while others have said they are already working on it.

Caption Yahoo Update

The petition asking Yahoo to update its video player to support closed captioning, has grown even more thanks to you. It is now almost 2,700! Unfortunately, there has been no response from Yahoo despite tweeting the Yahoo CEO and Yahoo Screen. Not only that, right after we sent out the February newsletter, Yahoo unveiled a new home page design. A total revamp like that costs $$, yet Yahoo did nothing to upgrade its video player to support closed captioning. It is clear where their priorities lie - and deaf and hard of hearing people aren't a priority!

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