Most hearing impaired people will be happy to know that the new FCC closed captioning rules have been put in place which should make their time watching television much more enjoyable. Prior to these laws being put in place, there were many issues a person may have had to deal with when watching a program with broadcast captioning. Because of these new laws, many of these issues should be corrected.
Most hard-of-hearing people are very happy they have captioning services through their television so they too can enjoy news programs, television shows and other programs like others can watch. However, they generally had to deal with some very frustrating issues, which were often difficult to accept. These issues could make it unpleasant to watch television at times, depending on which closed captioning companies were providing the captioning services for the program they were watching.
One of the main issues many people found frustrating to deal with was the lack of continuity in the captioning on a given program. Sometimes the captions matched what was happening on the screen and other times they did not. In addition, sometimes the captions would just suddenly stop somewhere in the program. Often they would pick back up, but sometimes they did not. This could be very frustrating for someone who was watching a program and left wondering about the outcome of the show.
The new FCC closed captioning laws are designed to help with many of these issues. They are designed to address issues dealing with accuracy, synchronicity, completeness, and placement of the captioning on the screen. By trying to improve in these areas, these new closed captioning laws are hoping to improve the quality of captioning service and make watching all programs more accessible and enjoyable to all people dealing with hearing issues.
If a person is experiencing any issues with the type of captioning services they are provided, they would first need to contact their cable company or the station they are watching on television. The FCC will be alerted about the issue as well and they can make sure the station or cable company is complying with these new rules. If the problem continues, it may be of benefit to file a written complaint with the FCC as well. This way they can look into the matter more quickly.