Earlier this month, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the 67th annual Technology and Engineering Emmy ® Awards were held. For the first time, awards were given for the category of Standardization and Pioneering Development of Non-Live Broadband Captioning. There were a total of five winners in this category. Among them was the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium that develops Web standards, recognized for their Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) standard:
“W3C is thrilled to receive a 2016 Emmy ® Award in recognition of technologies that support an important part of our mission to bring the full potential of the World Wide Web to everyone, whatever their disability, culture, language, device or network infrastructure,” said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe. “I would like to thank the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for their recognition of W3C, and I congratulate the members of the W3C Timed Text Working Group and the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative on this outstanding achievement.”
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) was recognized for their SMPTE-TT standard, which was largely based on the TTML standard W3C created. The SMPTE-TT was declared a safe harbor interchange and delivery format by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), meaning any captioned video content distributed via the Internet using the SMPTE-TT standard is compliant with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). In their press release, SMPTE director of standards and engineering Peter Symes acknowledged the collective effort and talent that was required to develop SMPTE-TT:
“A SMPTE committee of more than 60 experts from many industry sectors developed the set of standards that provide for authoring captions and for carriage of captions already created for conventional television transmission. SMPTE Members Ann Marie Rohaly, Craig Cuttner, and Mike Dolan, and many other volunteers, have dedicated hours of service to make our work on captioning standards useful to the industry, and their remarkable efforts are deserving of this prestigious award.”
Telestream, Netflix, and Home Box Office (HBO) were also recipients in this category.