Regarding the Jan 1st captioning
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Forwarded by Chris
Please read below. Thank you to the person who sent me this
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TDI-L eNote - 12/29/05
As a member of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network
(DHHCAN), TDI joins other national organizations serving consumers
deaf and hard of hearing in observing a new milestone - 100%
new television programs.
Does this mean everything you see on TV will be captioned? No,
some exceptions and this guide from DHHCAN will explain what the new
benchmark means for you and help you decide when and how to file a
complaint. Print this email and put it near your television set.
One of our TDI members also pointed out that all public service
announcements (PSAs) of any length produced with federal funding
captioning - an ADA regulation unrelated to this legislation.
include an anti-drug abuse message or an announcement from the
Homeland Security advising Americans to always be ready for an
May all of you have a Happy New 2006 and enjoy as much of those TV
as you can!
Claude Stout< BR="">Executive Director
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * December 27,
Contact: Jerald M. Jordan
DHHCAN CAPTION 2006 INFORMATION AND ACTION GUIDE
- 100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.
- Special Requirements for News Programs
- Sending a Complaint
- Visual Presentation of Emergency Information
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network has prepared
Guide to give you information about what must be captioned on
2006,&; nbsp;when the requirements for captioning of many television
increase. We've also included information about how you can send a
complaint about programs that are not captioned as required, or have
problems with the captioning.
100% Captioning of TV Programs? Not Exactly.
On January 1, 2006, 100% of NEW programs, both analog and digital,
closed captioned. But that doesn't mean that you will be able to
from channel to channel and see everything on your television with
These programs do not require 100% closed cap tioning:
1. English or Spanish language programs first shown before January
or for digital captions, before July 1, 2002: only 30% must be
2. New Spanish language programs: only 50% must be captioned.
These programs are not required to be closed captioned at all:
1. Most programs shown from 2 am to 6 am local time.
2. Locally-produced and distributed non-news programs with no
such as parades and school sports events.
3. Commercials of five minutes or less.
4. Instructional programs produced local ly by public TV stations
for use in
grades K-12 or postsecondary schools 5. Programs in languages other
Spanish and English 6. Programs shown on new networks for the first
years of the network's operations 7. Public service announcements
promotional ads of less than 10 minutes 8. Programs by providers
annual gross revenue under $3 million (but these programmers must
"pass through" the captions of any programs that already have them)
Special Requirements for News Programs
TV news programs also must provide 100 % closed captioning as of
ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and their affiliates must realtime caption their
the "top 25" television markets. Realtime captioning should give you
captions for everything that is being spoken.
The country's top 25 markets are:
CA: Los Angeles
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
DC: Washington, DC
FL: Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
&; nbsp; Orlando/Daytona Beach/Melbourne
MO: St. Louis
MN: Minneapolis/St. Paul
NY: New York City
PA: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia
TX: Dallas/Fort Worth
Non-broadcast networks (such as cable) which serve at least 50% of
househ olds subscribing to video program services must also realtime
All other news programs are allowed to caption with electronic
technique (ENT). This captioning is pre-scripted, which causes gaps
the program has live news updates, breaking news, ad libs, live
sports and weather updates, and field reports.
Sending a Complaint
1. Put it in Writing
The Federal Communications Commission oversees and enforces the
for TV closed captioning. You must send a complaint by writing to
2. Your&nbs; p;Distributor: Who to Write, Where to Send the
- If you use an antenna to receive your TV signal, write to General
of the TV station that the program came from. You can find the
the station in your telephone book.
- If you use cable or satellite TV service, write to the General
the cable or satellite company. The address should be on your cable
3. What to Put in the Complaint
Give as much detail as you can. This will help identify what needs
fixed. Here are some things to include:
- Start the letter with, "This letter is sent in regard to FCC rules
CFR Part 79.1"
- Give your full address, daytime phone or TTY number, email address.
- List the TV shows that were not captioned or had a captioning
with the TV channel name and number. Also include the date and time
CSI had no captioning on WBX 4 on January 4, 2006 from 9-10 pm.
American Idol on WNYC 12 lost captions from 8:45 to 9 pm on
Desperate Housewives on WKSR 9 captions disappeared during the
advertisement at 9:10 pm.
CNN did not have captioning from 12 pm to 1 pm even though it
has, and the TV Guide said it would be captioned.
Please send a copy of your complaint to DHHCAN (Jerald Jordan) at
mailing address, 826 Locust Drive, West River, MD 20778 or fax it to
4. What to Do After Sending the Complaint If you do not have a
response in 45 days, contact the FCC with a copy of the written
that you sent to the TV distributor. Include a copy of their
response, if any. Send both letters to the FCC at 445 12th Street
Washington, DC 20554, Attn. CICD/CGB.
Visual Presentation of Emergency Information
Visual presentation of emergency information is required of
cable, and satellite TV providers. This is covered under a different
regulation, and you can send complaints directly to the FCC.
Emergency information is d efined as any information that is
protect life, health, safety or property.
Some examples of things that qualify as an emergency are:
Dangerous weather -- hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, tidal
icing conditions, heavy snow, widespread fire, warning and watch of
impending change in weather
Dangerous situations -- widespread power failure, discharge of
industrial explosion, civil disorder, school closing, changes in
schedules resulting from conditions.
Information that must be presented visually if it is provided
-&nb; sp;Specific details about the areas that will be affected by
- Evacuation orders, detailed descriptions of areas to be evacuated,
specific evacuation routes
- Approved shelters or how to take shelter in one's home
- Instructions on how to secure personal property
- Road closures
- How to obtain relief assistance
Note that this requires visual information but not necessarily
Theoretically any effective means of providing all this information
used, including holding up signs.
In advance, DHHCAN expresses its special gratitude for your&n;
participation for full compliance with the FCC regulations on TV
DHHCAN, established in 1993, serves as the national coalition of
organizations representing the interests of deaf and/or hard of
citizens in public policy and legislative issues relating to rights,
of life, equal access, and self-representation. DHHCAN also
forum for proactive discussion on issues of importance and movement
universal, barrier-free access with emphasis on quality,
standards. Member organizations are: American ;Association of the
Deaf-Blind (AADB), American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association
American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), Association of Late-
Adults (ALDA), The Caption Center at WGBH, Communication Service for
Deaf (CSD), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and
for the Deaf (CEASD), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA), Gallaudet
Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA), National Association
Deaf (NAD), National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), National Catholic
of the Deaf (NCOD), Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID),
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.(TDI) and
Sports Federation (USADSF).
Christopher Merritt, President
Georgia Association of the Deaf, Inc.
Post Office Box 1616
Stockbridge, GA 30281