2017 CVAA Captioning Requirements Approaching

Posted by Anna on December 2, 2016 at 11:08 am. CVAA, Captioning
President Obama signs the CVAA into law

President Obama signs the CVAA into law

As 2017 draws near, so do the final captioning requirements for the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, or CVAA. Signed into law in 2010, CVAA video programming requirements were designed to keep content accessible to disabled users as new technologies and modes of distribution emerged.

Since January 1, 2016 it has been required that all IP-delivered “straight lift” clips, meaning a single excerpt of television that was broadcast with captions, must also be captioned, regardless of content length or type.  ”Montages,” files containing multiple straight lift clips, will also required to be captioned beginning January 1, 2017.

Starting July 1, 2017, clips from live programming must be captioned. Unlike prerecorded material, live programming is permitted up to a 12-hour delay after airtime to post captioned clips with up to an 8-hour delay for near-live programming.

For programming that has already aired with captions, video programming distributors are required to post captioned clips of their content to their own websites or apps. However, at this time, these rules do not apply to third party websites or apps.

CaptionMax has helped many clients meet CVAA captioning requirements for IP-delivered clips. To learn more about how we can help your organization become compliant, contact your CaptionMax representative or

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