Thread Subject: Re: teitac-video 4-A Caption Playback
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From: Larry Goldberg
Date: Tue, Aug 07 2007 10:50 AM
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I think Paul characterizes the present situation accurately.
Thus, the only solution for a Federal agency that is producing or
contracting the production of a DVD - and is concerned that some users may
use such devices as a portable DVD player - is to provide captions as
"Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing" - often referred to as SDH. Not
an ideal solution and one we have tried to avoid in all of our other
Schomburg, Paul wrote:
> Allen: As you know, Congress originally limited the requirement to
> include a caption decoder to television receivers with screen sizes 13"
> or greater. See:
> http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/guide/1194.24-decoderact.htm. The
> FCC's 2000 DTV closed captioning order, however, applied the requirement
> to support CEA-708 captioning to non-display DTV receivers. Portable
> DVD players are not TV receivers so have no requirement to support
> The rules we have defined are consistent with current FCC regulations,
> which would require the government to purchase devices, including
> portable media players, that support CEA-708 or a functional equivalent.
> The government cannot purchase analog televisions or analog-only tuner
> cards anymore because the FCC prohibits manufacturers from importing or
> shipping such products in interstate commerce. I would not want to see
> the TEITAC try to force support of analog CEA-608 captioning on legacy
> devices when we are in the midst of a federally-mandated transition to
> digital television. We should look forward to a digital future and not
> try to fix the problems with legacy analog products. For this reason,
> the TEITAC should recommend rules that give precedence to the purchase
> of products that support the advanced captioning features in CEA-708,
> which is a much better solution set for people with disabilities. By
> the time the Access Board approves and Federal agencies implement the
> TEITAC recommendations I would hope that such products will be widely
> available in the marketplace and that this will not be an undue burden
> for government.
> At the same time, as you recognize, the government will continue to use
> and author content recorded on DVDs. The good news is that devices
> which support CEA-708 decoding will also support CEA-608 decoding, so
> DVD media with 608 captioning can continue to be used. That is why I
> suggested changing "videotape" to "recordable media" to cover DVD and
> other media.
> Best regards, Paul
> Paul G. Schomburg, Sr. Manager
> Tel: (202) 912-3800 x114; Cell: (202) 550-2230
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