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3Play Media’s Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

by Patrick Loftus in Company + Culture

It’s that time of year again! Looking back on the blog posts from last year that peaked our readers’ interests the most helps everyone imagine what to expect in the new year. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank…

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Updated February 6, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Media and Entertainment

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

Video-on-demand is dominating the Media and Entertainment industry. When we want entertainment we can get it practically anywhere, at any time, in just a few clicks. With entertainment at our fingertips, it’s crucial to think about accessibility in this industry. The CVAA…

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Updated January 23, 2018
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Accessibility Laws for Faith

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

The accessibility laws for faith organizations vary depending on how you are disseminating your content. If you broadcast your sermons on television, then you must comply with the FCC and CVAA, despite the ADA exemption. Read below to learn more about how…

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Updated December 19, 2017
5 Sports Leagues Doing Captioning Right

5 Sports Leagues Doing Captioning Right

by Sofia Enamorado in Video Accessibility

In sports, you have to see it to believe it. Go on any website and you will find a plethora of video content highlighting the most notable or disastrous plays. So because video is so central to how people access sports, it’s…

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Updated February 8, 2018
5 Finance Companies Doing Captioning Right

5 Finance Companies doing captioning right

by Sofia Enamorado in Industry Trends

Welcome to the age of digital banking where checks are deposited through the snap of a mobile camera, dues to friends are paid through an app, and bank tellers speak to you from ATMS. The finance industry has drastically changed in the…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Q&A: FCC Audio Description Requirements

by Elisa Edelberg in Video Accessibility

For many, audio description is uncharted land. But, with legal requirements increasing, it’s a good idea to get on board now! In recent years, the FCC has been actively increasing audio description requirements through the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Hey SF! Have You Registered for ACCESS?

by Sofia Enamorado in Events

Hey San Francisco! Have you heard? We are going to be in town on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, for ACCESS! What is ACCESS? ACCESS is a one-day event hosted by us that celebrates video accessibility and the people who make it happen.…

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Updated February 20, 2018
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How Are Organizations Publishing Video and Captions in 2017?

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  Online video viewing is projected to grow by a fifth in 2017. In other words, people are spending more time per day watching video thanks to entertainment and video advertising platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Facebook. Naturally, that means the…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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FCC Increases Required Amount of Audio Description for TV Networks

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

  The FCC has just announced its decision to increase the minimum requirement for audio description for US broadcasters and pay-TV providers (nonbroadcasters). From now on, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) will need to increase the amount of audio description available to…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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Final CVAA Captioning Requirement for Live & Near-Live TV Goes into Effect

by Patrick Loftus in Industry Trends

July 1st, 2017 was the final deadline of the FCC’s 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) captioning requirement timeline for broadcast television in the US. This deadline, the last of several that have been incrementally phased in since 2012, requires…

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Updated January 4, 2018
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How to Create A WebVTT File

by Sofia Enamorado in How-To

A “Web Video Text Track” file, also known as WebVTT (.vtt), is increasingly becoming a popular subtitle/caption file format. It originated in 2010 by the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG), to support text tracks in HTML5. How is WebVTT different…

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Updated February 21, 2018
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FCC Considers Update to Increase Audio Description Requirements

by Elisa Edelberg in Industry Trends

FCC Regulations for Audio Description The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requires that modern communications technologies be made accessible to all people regardless of vision and/or hearing loss. In implementing the CVAA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set regulations…

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Updated January 4, 2018