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Keep current with all the latest VITAC, accessibility, and industry news, updates, and happenings.

FCC Limited Extension: Apps & Plug-Ins

This just in! The FCC granted a limited extension of distributor compliance obligations with respect to the enhanced functionality features. The compliance date for those features — which includes apps and plug-ins — is now January 1, 2014. These rules will apply to all features, even those available through the distributor’s website. For more information…

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Closed Captioning Policymaking and Civil Rights

Liz Ellcessor, PhD. has a wealth of information about disability civil rights, closed captioning policymaking, and digital accessibility. We were fortunate meet with Liz and get the inside scoop on closed captioning policymaking and disability civil right. Liz’s research focuses on media and cultural studies which lead to her article, “Captions On, Off, on TV,…

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Just Call on VITAC When You Need A Hand

VITAC prides itself in offering a full range of accessibility features for a variety of events. Whether you have a YouTube video or a broadcast series, a live event or a music video, we have a full range of services to make your piece accessible. Here at VITAC, the accesibility services are as important as…

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Captioning IP-delivered Programming Rules: Interactive Flowchart

On January 13, 2012, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O) which set new requirements for Internet Protocol (IP)-delivered programming. The R&O was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012, thus launching the compliance dates. The original document is 111 pages and covers the rules, terms, and deadlines in great detail. Don’t…

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Top Gear! Top Captioner!

A new episode of “Top Gear” airs tonight on BBC America. Offline captioner Brandon Woo, is the primary captioner for the series and has worked on the last six series… that’s 45 episodes! We caught up with Brandon for a brief Q&A about the series and his experiences captioning it. How do you go about…

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Live from VITAC, It’s A Captioned SNL!

Saturday nights at VITAC are a tradition. Every week, our realtime department captions “Saturday Night Live,” a process that takes alomost all night. We’ve captioned more than 366 episodes over the past eight years. Ted Gilliland, a Senior Coordinator, is just one of the many Production Coordinators that oversees the process. Ted has been at…

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My Big Fat (Captioned) Gypsy Wedding

TLC wraps up the second season of its hit series, “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” this Friday. VITAC’s offline team captioned TLC’s “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,” a documentary series about Roma Gypsy and Irish Traveler weddings. Captioning each episode is a multi-step process. First, one offline captioner transcribes the entire episode – even the…

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Captioning IP-delivered Programming: An Overview

Confused by the FCC’s new mandates for IP-delivered programs? Not sure if you’ll be required to caption your show? Are you having a hard time keeping the definitions for VPP, VPD, and VPO straight? Do you think “near-live” programs are television shows for zombies? No worries, VITAC is here to help! Read our comprehensive overview…

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‘Access’ is in our Name: Accessibility is our Game

VITAC is no stranger to accessibility features. Since being founded in 1986, our company has had one mission — to provide high-quality and reliable accessibility services. Our name speaks to this goal. Coming from the words “vital” and “access,” “VITAC” encompasses our commitment to the field. Our deep-rooted experience means you can always count on…

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Closed Captioning Deadlines for IP-delivered Programming

The FCC’s Report and Order (R&O) outlining closed captioning mandates for Internet Protocol (IP)-delivered programming was published in the Federal Register on March 30, 2012, thus setting the deadlines for captioning compliance. The new rules require IP-delivered programming to be captioned if it was originally captioned on television.   IP-delivered programming includes, but is not…

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