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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by traviszac, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. traviszac

    traviszac Cool Member

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    being hard of hearing it is frustrating that channel 101 does not caption all their programs. Friday Night Lights is captioned but not Eyes, Underbelly and now Brotherhood. does anyone know if this will change?
     
  2. CCarncross

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    Since some of the shows are CC'd, it probably has nothing at all to do with CH101, but much more to do with the show itself...not all these shows they are showing are new...
     
  3. trainman

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    Sherman...
    Even if they're old shows, as far as I know, they're supposed to be captioned when they air on Channel 101 (it's Federal law). Best place to start an inquiry would probably be via this contact info, which appears at the bottom of DirecTV bills: Address formal inquiries to C. Schrum, Sr. Manager; Phone: 310-964-1010; Fax: 310-964-3703; email: ClosedCaptions@directv.com; or Mail: Closed Captions, P.O. Box 1076, El Segundo, CA 90245-1076
     
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    The laws say that content that is captioned must be passed captioned.

    Content that is recently and commercially produced must be captioned.

    If the content isn't recent, captioning is recommended but not required.

    I have no idea what "recent" means and how these conditions might apply to content produced initially for viewing outside of the US.
     
  5. CCarncross

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    SO you are saying that to air an old show that never had CC, a station would have to go through the expense of adding CC to it b4 they could broadcast it? That makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and I actually doubt that is even accurate. Of course if it is Federal Law that would completely explain it making absolutely no sense at all.
     
  6. sonofjay

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    Speaking of closed captioning, not to be off-topic but is anyone else seeing CC work on live programing but not when the same program viewed from a previously recorded time from the DVR?

    I have seen similar CC missing from The101 but I am trying to determine if it is just an DVR thing or if it is The101 being sporadic.
     
  7. trainman

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    Sherman...
    Perhaps you would think it made sense if you were deaf or hearing-impaired (or knew someone who was).

    Here's the FCC fact sheet on the issue -- basically, if it first aired after January 1, 1998, it has to be captioned. If it first aired before that, 75% of it needs to be captioned -- but most networks actually do exceed that target for pre-1998 programming. (Most syndicators and other distributors have had all of their pre-1998 programming captioned, because it works as a selling point to the networks that are buying it.)

    Also, captioning is not that expensive -- it's a very small fraction of the cost of a new show; for an old show, the cost of the captioning is probably less than the cost of dubbing copies of the tapes.

    I worked as a closed captioner from 1997 to 2005, so I still have an interest in it.
     

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