February 19, 2014 |
"Five wins and a very light power reese know" sounds more like gibberish than a weather forecast. But that was the closed captioning on a WeatherNation report last month. What the captioning was supposed to say was, "high winds and a very light, powdery snow. " Closed captioning is designed to help the deaf and hearing-impaired enjoy television. But the captions are often riddled with typos or incomplete sentences that leave viewers struggling to make sense of what's being said.
May 7, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before packing for almost two weeks in New York. The Skinny: I'm catching up on "Rectify," the new drama on Sundance. It is slow going but I'm told it is worth the effort. I just want to know how long Daniel is a cross between Karl Childers and Forrest Gump? Tuesday's news includes a story about some new glasses that will make it easier for the deaf to enjoy movies and a look at NBC's challenges heading into upfront week. Also, today I tested out emailing an alert with a link when the Morning Fix went live.
May 7, 2013 |
Raymond Smith Jr. has been trying for nearly two decades to make the movie industry listen to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing. This month, the senior executive at Regal Entertainment Group will come closer to his goal. His company, the nation's largest theater chain, will have nearly 6,000 theater screens equipped with closed-captioning glasses that could transform the theatrical experience for millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons who have shunned going to the cinema because previous aids were too clunky or embarrassing to use. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments The Knoxville, Tenn., chain has invested more than $10 million in the glasses, which were developed by Sony Electronics Inc. Resembling thick sunglasses, the device uses holographic technology to project closed-caption text that appears inside the lenses, synchronized with the dialogue on the screen . The system also includes headphones connected to a wireless receiver, with separate audio channels, which play dialogue or allow visually impaired users to listen to a narration track of the film.
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June 16, 2009 |
Marcella M. Meyer, a prominent advocate for the deaf who fought to expand civil rights and establish social services through the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, an advocacy group she helped found in 1969 and ran for almost three decades, has died. She was 84. Meyer died May 26 at Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, said her daughter Coleen Ashly.
June 1, 2006 |
Time Warner Inc., Walt Disney Co. and other movie distributors settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of hearing-impaired customers who bought DVDs containing bonus material that wasn't enhanced for people with hearing problems. The studios, which also include Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and Universal Studios Home Entertainment, deny liability and are settling to avoid further litigation, according to a statement.
February 23, 2004 |
The U.S. Education Department has cut the money for captioning nearly 200 TV programs, citing a 1997 mandate from Congress only to pay for captioning of "educational, news and informational" programming. Advocates for the deaf say they haven't been able to find out why the department has decided to finance some programs and not others, or who's making these decisions.