FCC Closed Captioning Requirements: How Some Networks Are Staying Ahead of the Curve

With the proliferation of online video, it is important to understand the legal requirements for captioning your digital content. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires that any online video programming that previously appeared on television with captions must be captioned when it is put online. Starting in January of 2016, the FCC will require that online video clips from full-length programming must also be captioned when posted online. In 2017, the same requirements will extend to montage or mashup clips.

This webinar, presented by Peter Bothe, the Director of Operations at Time Warner Cable SportsNet, and Maria Browne, a partner and attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, will explore the legal landscape of closed captioning online video content. Peter Bothe will discuss his approach to accessibility and closed captioning, then Maria Browne will cover the legal requirements for captioning online video clips and full-length video programming.

This presentation will cover:

  • FCC requirements for captioning video clips by Jan 2016
  • Strategies for approaching accessibility for streaming media
  • Solutions for captioning video clips and full-length content
  • The legal landscape of the CVAA
  • Pertinent lawsuits
  • Deadlines for CVAA and FCC closed captioning compliance


Peter Bothe
Director of Operations | Time Warner Cable SportsNet

Maria Browne
Partner | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Lily Bond (Moderator)
Marketing Manager | 3Play Media