Movie Theater Captioning, Part 4 of 4: We’re Not Done Yet

Open captioning is great. The captions are right there on the screen. We don’t need to self-identify and pick up a viewing device. The theaters don’t need any special equipment – they just select the open-caption option from the digital data package, and the captions appear for that showing. While we like open captions, the… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 4 of 4: We’re Not Done Yet

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 3 of 4: A National Requirement

The U.S. Department of Justice, which is empowered to enact regulations implementing the ADA, had shown a mild interest in movie captioning as early as 2008, when it indicated that it might enact regulations at some future time. Then in July 2010, very shortly after the Harkins decision came down, DOJ proposed regulations that would… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 3 of 4: A National Requirement

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 2 of 4: The Tide Turns

While courts were struggling with the concept of movie captioning, technical developments were moving in the right direction. Although under no legal obligation to do so, most movie studios began providing captioning for their releases, and furnished the captions free of charge to the theaters. Also, the theaters and studios were moving closer to digital… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 2 of 4: The Tide Turns

Movie Theater Captioning, Part 1 of 4: A Wonderful Statute and an Unexpected Problem

Going to the movies remains America’s favorite night out, but ever since the movies added sound to the moving picture, millions of us with hearing loss have been unable to fully enjoy that experience. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the efforts of a number of DHHBA members, and advances in technology, we should… Continue reading Movie Theater Captioning, Part 1 of 4: A Wonderful Statute and an Unexpected Problem