Closed Captioning

Hulu reaches closed captioning settlement

Friday, September 23, 2016One of the nation’s largest subscription video on-demand services will soon make all of its full-length English and Spanish content fully accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Hulu announced the agreement September 6 with the National

AMC Theaters sued by advocates for the blind

Tuesday, March 8, 2016The nation’s largest movie chain was hit by a class-action complaint in federal court last month, accusing it of failing to make its services accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. “Properly functioning audio description technology provides an…

Gogo to make its in-flight video services closed captioned

Monday, February 1, 2016The National Association of the Deaf announced January 26 a first-of-its kind agreement with Gogo LLC, requiring the in-flight entertainment company to make its services accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “This is a monumental step…

Lawsuit targets inaccessible music lyrics in movies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015Hollywood is under fire for failing to provide closed captioning and subtitles for music lyrics in its movies and television shows, including such blockbusters as Captain America, Skyfall, X-Men and Netflix’s House of Cards series. Filed in Los Angeles Superior…

Amazon agrees to expand catalog of closed captioned films

Saturday, October 17, 2015The National Association of the Deaf and Amazon.com announced an agreement October 14 to expand the online retailer’s collection of film equipped with closed captioning services to more than 190,000 titles. “This is an enormous step in making online entertainment…

Feds release new guidance on disability discrimination in child welfare proceedings

Monday, August 17, 2015State and local child welfare agencies must improve their compliance efforts with federal disability discrimination laws, the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services warned in a new technical document released August 10. “This technical assistance reflects an important…

Court rules that deaf person cannot sue Netflix under the ADA

Wednesday, April 22, 2015The San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled April 1 that the ADA does not apply to Netflix’s video streaming services, underscoring the state of flux of disability law in regard to the internet. In…

Harvard and MIT sued over closed captioning practices

Tuesday, March 3, 2015Two of the nation’s most prestigious universities are under fire for allegedly failing to consistently make their video and audio content accessible through closed captioning, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. “Harvard and MIT systematically discriminate against people…