This week the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) reached an agreement with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) that could have deep implications for video content providers. The notice of proposed rulemaking won’t be issued until July 2017, but the ACCESS Advisory committee, which includes disability advocacy organizations, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, and content providers, has been working on the recommendations it submitted to the DOT since April of 2016.
If the recommendations are followed, all new in-flight entertainment systems for new aircrafts or installed into existing models would be required to support closed captions and video description. For aircrafts that do not have accessible seatback entertainment systems, they must provide a personal entertainment device (PED) with accessible and comparable content. Wirelessly streaming that content to a passenger’s PED is an acceptable alternative.
Additionally, airlines will request that content providers deliver 100% of covered in-flight entertainment with closed captions and video description. This requirement will extend to edited versions.
CaptionMax can help content providers prepare their videos for delivery under these new requirements, whether they’re starting from scratch or have existing files. For current and new clients, we are able to convert file types or reformat closed captioning and video description files for any edited versions as needed.