Category Archive: News

Pardon This Mess

I am transitioning Bionic Ear Blog to WordPress. Yes, I know the posts look awful as they have old markup. I am working on it a little bit at a time. Thanks for your patience. Also, all the post links are gone. So there will be a lot of broken links. Ugh… dirty job, but …

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FCC Announces New Closed Captioned Complaint Rules

Image via Wikipedia Source: Deafnetwork On Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, two important new closed captioning rules were published in the Federal Register and went into effect. The new rules require immediate attention by video programming distributors — including broadcast television stations — to ensure that they respond promptly to viewer complaints regarding closed captioning issues, …

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Olympics Continue to Falter with Web Site

Image via Wikipedia Does it ever end? Apparently, the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver has not learned anything from the Olympic-sized accessibility problems of the past. Joe Clark provides the details.

Hearing Aid Tax Credit

Image via Wikipedia From [Hearing Aid Tax Credit web site](http://www.hearingaidtaxcredit.org/): What would the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act do? And, what are the differences in the House and Senate legislation? The bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1646) would provide a tax credit towards the purchase of each hearing aid of up to …

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Cowboys Stadium Kicks off New Assistive Service

No matter how you feel about the Dallas Cowboys — you have to give them credit. From [Deaf Network of Texas](http://deafnetwork.com). [Softeq Development Corporation](http://softeq.com/) has implemented DURATEQ Live with Intelligent Access mobile captioning, audio description, and assistive listening service at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. On a recent Sunday, guests who are deaf, hard of …

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Livestream Announces Live Subtitling Service

Livestream, in partnership with PLYmedia, now offers live subtitling service for live streaming events. It’s not cheap at $850 for three hours of live captioning, but it’s an option. How many users can afford it considering many use the free version of Livestream. The company might want to consider alternate pricing for captioning videos AFTER …

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Google to Autocaption YouTube Videos

Google has unveiled speech recognition technology to automatically add captions to many videos on YouTube. The technology will also allow users to automatically translate the captions into 51 languages. Google introduced another service called “auto-timing” that allows users uploading videos to also upload a text file of the video’s script. Google will add captions to …

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NCAM and Apple Publish "Creating Accessible iTunes U Content"

From Media Access Group at WGBH The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM) has written guidelines for content providers who would like to create accessible iTunes U media via captions, subtitles and audio descriptions. This guidelines document provides step-by-step documentation on creating fully accessible media, including: – Closed …

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The Miracle Worker Revival Comes to Broadway

We know *The Miracle Worker* is a wonderful play about Helen Keller. We’ve come a long way since the 1962 movie starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke. Deaf actors have landed more roles even several were the stars of their own shows. (Marlee Matlin starred [Reasonable Doubts](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101175/) in and Deanna Bray in [Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0329934/).) …

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Index of Captioned Videos

If you’re like me, you search for captioned video on a per site basis. For example, you use [Hulu](http://www.hulu.com/search?query=dance&st=1)’s cc only caption feature, [Google Video](http://video.google.com/videoadvancedsearch)’s show captioned videos only feature and [YouTube](http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&closed_captions=1&search_query=dance)’s “closed captioned” type feature. Even these search tools are not perfect. For example, I added subtitles to all of [my YouTube videos](http://www.meryl.net/user/meke), but …

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