Broadcast and Cable Networks Now Required to Provide Accessibility to Television Programming

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Effective July 1, 2012 a provision of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires that the nation's leading broadcast and cable networks provide 50 hours per calendar quarter of video-described prime time and/or children's programming. Video description consists of an additional audio narration track of the key visual elements in television programing for blind and visually impaired consumers of visual media. The video description is inserted during natural pauses in the program's dialogue. The FCC has created a website providing information about program choices and the technical ways to access video description via digital TV or cable set top box. Consumers also may use this website to report or resolve issues if networks aren't providing the service. For more information, visit the FCC's website here.


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