VITAC Captioning Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games

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VITAC is proud to provide captioning for the Tokyo Paralympic Summer Games, beginning this week and running through Sept. 5 on NBC and its affiliated networks and platforms.

NBCUniversal plans to present more than 1,200 hours of Tokyo Paralympic Games coverage, including more than 200 hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel, and over 1,000 hours of streaming coverage on NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock.

VITAC’s talented captioners, coordinators, schedulers, and engineers, many of whom just finished bringing captions to more than 2,200 hours of Tokyo Summer Olympic programming and events earlier month, now are busy researching Paralympic athletes and teams, events, sporting venues, and announcing teams, among other things, to make sure that viewers who rely on captioning see the most accurate captions possible.

NBC Olympics also will provide video description services — short verbal descriptions of action or key video scenes to add context to programing — for viewers with visual disabilities as well as improved web content accessibility, including keyboard navigation, color contrast, and support for screen readers, on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app.

Coverage News and Notes

  • Coverage kicks off tomorrow (Aug. 24) at 7 AM ET with NBCSN’s live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. The Opening Ceremony also will re-air on NBCSN tomorrow night at 7 PM ET, leading directly into live coverage from the first day of Paralympic competition.
  • NBCSN will televise the Tokyo Paralympics from 9 PM – 9 AM ET daily, with additional original hours and extensive replays on the Olympic Channel. NBCSN will present live coverage of the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 5.
  • NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all television coverage as well as coverage of Archery, Badminton, Boccia, Canoe, Cycling, Equestrian, Goalball, Judo, Marathon, Rowing, Shooting, Sitting Volleyball, Soccer 5-a-side, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wheelchair Tennis.
  • Peacock will feature medal round action in multiple sports, including men’s and women’s Wheelchair Basketball, Women’s Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Rugby, and Marathon races.

Check here for a full schedule of televised and streamed events.