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A complete media accessibility solution for higher education

Maximize accessibility and compliance with a platform that works at scale.

3Play Media helps institutions like Yale, MIT, and Penn State to make their media accessible, searchable, and multilingual. We provide high-quality and compliant transcripts, captions, audio descriptions, and more.

We offer unlimited downloads of 50+ caption formats from our user-friendly online platform. APIs and secure integrations with popular video platforms, such as YouTube, Brightcove, Kaltura, thePlatform, and Limelight, make it easy to automate your media accessibility workflows.

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Having worked on the development of a wide range of online media tools, I’ve found that the integration of searchable, reliable text resources alongside video is no easy task. 3Play Media’s interactive transcript tool pushes the envelope in terms of how online video can become equally as searchable as text. The technical support and APIs provided by the 3Play team complements the full experience, allowing their transcript tools to be effectively integrated within a wide range of online educational environments.Brian O'Hagan, Columbia University

Real-Time Accommodations

Live accommodations that improve learning outcomes.

3Play Media provides highly accurate, reliable, and easy-to-schedule live captions that leave you feeling confident and prepared for your live lecture or event. We offer two types of live captioning, professional and automatic, that enable you to make your events more accessible.

3Play’s Live Professional Captioning service was developed with the student experience in mind. A truly prosperous education requires that each student can fully comprehend the class material, which is impossible for students who rely on captions if they’re not completely accurate. 3Play Media’s Live Professional Captioning uses trained professionals and is complete with auto caption failover and failback options, as well as caption customization and post-event accessibility to make your live events run as smoothly as possible.

Our Live Automatic Captioning service is generated by automatic speech recognition technology. If there’s a disruption to live professional captions, our auto caption failover system switches to live automatic captions without interruption. Because auto-captions have a lower accuracy rate compared to human-powered live captions, professional captions are preferred for education-focused content.

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The flexibility you need to be successful

At 3Play Media, we know that delays or unclear turnaround times for captions can have detrimental effects on a student’s experience. That’s why we prioritize meeting your deadlines and have special mechanisms in place to ensure your captions are delivered in a timely manner.

We provide many turnaround options:

  • 2 hours
  • 8 hours
  • 1 business day
  • 2 business days
  • 4 business days
  • 10 business days

Our strict turnaround SLA and proven ability to meet our promised deadlines make us extremely reliable. In the rare case that a file is overdue, we automatically discount to the achieved turnaround level.

With 3Play Media, getting your files back in time is one less thing you’ll need to worry about.

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Ready to grow with you

For educational institutions on an accessibility journey, finding an accessibility solution that can grow with you is a challenge. Our robust solution can uphold services at scale and is designed to grow as you grow. We built our system to handle large quantities of video per day without notice – always at 99% accuracy.

Plus, with our workforce of thousands of professional transcript editors and multiple turnaround options, you won’t need to worry about missing deadlines regardless of the amount of video that needs captioning.

Additionally, when you partner with 3Play Media, you can easily add other accessibility tools to your videos down the line. If you come to us only needing captions and audio description in the beginning but decide to add translation as your business grows, you can easily order any service through our online platform.

With advanced offerings like flexible workflows, a user-friendly online platform, strict deadline compliance, and white-glove support, there’s no job we can’t take on.



3Play Media provides tools that help make accessibility and legal compliance easier and more cost-effective for higher education institutions.

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3Play Media offers integrations with over 20 leading video platforms and players. This simplifies the workflow and automates the captioning process.


Benefits of captioning in higher education


As a higher education institution, your students deserve a robust, accessible, and long-lasting learning experience; this includes students with disabilities. Captioning your classes and educational material benefits all of your students:

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16 million adults in the United States live with a disability, and many of them are students. By 2050, nearly 2.5 billion people are projected to have some degree of hearing loss. Providing an accessible experience to students with disabilities is imperative. Closed captions grant access to students with hearing loss and other disabilities to educational material by allowing them to read the words that are spoken in a video or during a class.

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Captions and transcripts greatly increase learning comprehension and retention. The ability to simultaneously read and listen reinforces educational content for students. A study conducted by Oregon State University found that 75% of students who use captions see them as a learning aid, and 71% of students without hearing difficulties use captions at least some of the time. Read more about the study.

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Interactive transcripts highlight words as they are being spoken in a video. By typing a term into the search bar, students can see every instance of that keyword within the transcript. Clicking on one of the instances of the search term jumps students directly to that point in the video. In a survey with MIT’s OpenCourseWare, students shared about their experience with 3Play Media’s interactive transcripts in conjunction with their video lecture courses. When asked to rate the features of our interactive video transcript, 94% of respondents found one or more of our features “useful”. Students used interactive transcripts to learn at their own pace in a multi-sensory mode, improve their comprehension of difficult course material, and more. Learn more about the survey.

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