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The goal of closed captioning is to meet the needs of the deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing communities. Captioning is also a valuable tool for the general public with many applications including assisting with the development of language, reading and literacy skills for all ages and cultures.
Closed Captioning has come a long way since its first appearance on television screens in 1947. Trained Caption Editors, using specialized captioning software, turn words and sound effects into synchronized text for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. A caption decoder provides access to this text and can be turned on or off at the viewer’s discretion. In other words, a caption consumer can watch the audio instead of hearing it.
Global Television and Shaw Media are committed to improving accessibility for everyone. As a Canadian Broadcaster, Shaw Media has been instrumental in advancing captioning technology to this end. Every year, the broadcasting industry invests significant financial and human resources in the research and development of captioning technology, as well as toward program captioning. In this way, closed captioning has become an integral part of Canadian television station operations.
Descriptive Video (DV) allows people who are blind or visually-impaired to “hear” the pictures that appear on their television screen. By accessing the secondary audio program (SAP), DV consumers can listen to both the main program audio and a narrator describing key visuals, including scenery, body language and other action during pauses in the dialogue.
The Global Television Network was the first private network in the world to have scheduled Descriptive Video as part of our regular programming. In addition, Shaw Media is a proud support of The Accessible Channel (TAC).
For further information on this service, please visit http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/b322.htm.