What To Know About Closed-Captioning

By: Devin Meister
October 6, 2021

Nobody wants to be left out. Just as critically, with an awareness and responsibility for inclusion, you don’t want to leave a fan behind or be seen as ignoring anyone. The problem is that different communication channels make it a challenge to deliver what everyone wants – and everyone wants video. Probably the biggest consideration for video accessibility is Closed-captioning or CC for short.

Closed-captioning adds written descriptions of the audio from video transmissions, enabling viewers with hearing disabilities or in environments where the sound is either not appropriate or otherwise inaccessible to follow and understand fully what is happening on screen. It is a great and important step towards Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance.

Do I Need to Include Captions?

In some states and for some broadcasts Closed-Captioning may be required to be available for your viewers if your broadcast includes commercials or play by play audio. If you represent a government agency it’s possible you need to incorporate captions. Since laws and standards vary by state it’s best to investigate within your state to determine what your responsibilities are.

PrestoStream supports Closed-Captioning!

Presto Stream allows captions to be broadcast with your live video for your audience. While we do not provide a captioning service, we can recommend a third party to do this. When you include captions in your stream these are active on your main video site, mobile devices and OTT app platforms like Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.

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