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.