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Broadcast Services

Captioning - On-screen text that is verbatim, or as close to verbatim as possible, of the dialogue spoken on the screen and includes speaker identification and other sounds that are inaccessible to people with hearing loss.

 

Closed Captioning - The captioner can either use their software to connect to the T.V. station's encoder via phone lines or over the internet via iCAP which produces instant speech-to-text translation with the text technically being seen on Line 21 of the video signal. A second phone line can be used to secure the audio or with the use of the internet and iCAP, no telephone lines are used at all. The captions then go to a satellite and then to consumers' T.V.s and can be seen through a decoder that is present in all newer televisions. Captions must be turned on by the consumer. This service is mostly done remotely, but can also be done on site for large meetings as an example.

 

Open Captioning - The same set up as closed captioning except the captions are displayed at all times and embedded into the video signal and cannot be turned off by the viewer.