In mid-September, I wondered aloud on Facebook and other online forums about the Mashable article on the upcoming fall season of Bravo’s Top Chef, which will for the first time include Web episodes in its storyline. Will the webisodes, like the on-air episodes, be captioned by Bravo? In time for tonight’s Top Chef Texas premiere comes great news from Bravo: Top Chef Texas’ broadcast and online programming will be closed captioned.Read More Bravo, Bravo: “Top Chef Texas” Webisodes Will Be Captioned
As efforts to improve accessibility for deaf viewers at movie theaters gain steam, awareness of the options available to these viewers is crucial to the goal of achieving universal accessibility for the deaf in every movie theater in the United States. The reality, however, is there is not enough publicity in this regard, potentially undercutting the case for bringing more deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons to movie theaters.Read More Captioned Movies…Now Showing At Your Local Theater!
Netflix — which has had no competition to this point in the online video subscription market — will find its turf invaded by Amazon, Best Buy, Dish Network, even Wal-Mart. Which brings up the burning question for deaf and hard-of-hearing movie customers: will the new entrants in the online video subscription space provide captioning for its offerings?Read More Knocking On Netflix’s Door: Captioning Revisited
In my December 17, 2010 article, I wrote about the potential of online video captions for improving searchability of specific video content. This week, Rob Colling of InternetSubtitling.com blogged to say it is starting to become a reality.Read More “Frankly, My Dear…” Coming to A Search Bar Near You
I wrote yesterday about FeedFliks, a search engine that, among other things, enables you to search for captioned InstantWatch movies on Netflix — a great benefit for deaf Netflix users who would like to watch instantly streamed movies in captions, but have limited options for searching and viewing them. Since then, Mike Chapman, the creator…Read More UPDATE: FeedFliks: A New Way To Search for Netflix Instant Watch Movies with Captions
The New York Times reported yesterday that YouTube, a Google subsidiary, is in negotiations to purchase Next New Networks, the leading provider of original video programming for the Internet. While it is too early to comment because it is not a done deal, this has some interesting implications for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Even…Read More Googling “Gone with the Wind”