Why Do Live Broadcasts Need To Be Captioned?
All live programming should be captioned, and here’s why.
Local regulations, laws or guidelines governing accessibility, which can vary by country or community. As an example, in the US, government regulations require cable operators, broadcasters, satellite distributors and other multi-channel video programming distributors to provide closed captioning on most live programming. Failure to follow these regulations can result in government fines or other sanctions.
On top of federal guidelines, broadcasters also have a moral obligation to make their programming accessible to everyone. Closed captioning:
- Makes programming more accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Improves the viewing experience and comprehension for those in noisy environments
- Helps viewers whose primary language is different than the language being broadcast
- Supplements speakers with accents that may be harder to understand for some.
- Enhances breaking news or emergency situations related to weather, violence or traffic related issues.