Guest author, Jen Rohrig, looks at online video captioning on US TV networks.
Although I am hard of hearing myself, there was a time when I didn’t consider captions for online videos to be of great importance, since I rarely watched videos online. More recently, I’ve been watching some new online shows and would have been disappointed if captions hadn’t been available. In addition I’ve become more annoyed that interviews with favorite actors are being put online without captions as are clips and previews from TV shows or movies. Interviews can be especially troublesome because some actors either have strong accents or talk very fast — either of which can make it nearly impossible for me to understand them, even with the volume turned up on both the computer and my hearing aid.
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