15 Oct 2020 Heather York

TV Regulations (United States)

There are a number of captioning quality standards and technical compliance rules in place to ensure that television programs are fully accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including:

  • Caption quality best practices for video programmers and captioning providers, like VITAC.
  • Audio description requirements for television broadcast stations affiliated with one of the top four commercial networks in the top 60 television markets as well as the top five non-broadcast networks.
  • Captions for most programs broadcast in English and Spanish, including the Spanish-language content broadcast on your TV’s secondary audio programming channel.
  • Electronic Newsroom Technique captioning for broadcast stations outside of the top 25 television markets.

Read our summary of U.S. TV Regulations.