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by Joe Mullin
Oct 14, 2015
A deaf rights group that sued Netflix to compel it to caption all its video programming has reached a similar deal with Amazon over its streaming video.
Unlike the Netflix settlement, the deal between Amazon and the National Association for the Deaf was negotiated without litigation.
Amazon has already captioned 100 percent of the video it offers through its Prime Video and has agreed to continue to do so. Under the deal with NAD, Amazon will move through its back-catalog content, captioning an additional 190,000 titles which weren't given captions by the content creators.
For videos that have been viewed more than 10 times in the past 90 days, Amazon will get 90 percent of them captioned by the end of this year and 100 percent of them captioned by the end of 2016.
"The NAD is thus thrilled by Amazon’s decision to make its online entertainment experience more accessible to deaf and hard of hearing customers who also look to Amazon to fulfill their needs for comprehensive goods and services," said Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the NAD.
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IPR Files Update to FCC IP Closed Complaint against Amazon
From Institute for Public Representation, Georgetown University Law Center, 4/18/2013
In December, IPR filed a complaint on behalf of several deaf and hard of hearing consumer groups against Amazon.com, alleging violations of the Federal Communications Commission’s rules requiring closed captioning for Internet Protocol (“IP”)-delivered video programming. Amazon responded to the complaint, admitting to delivering covered programming without captions but offering a myriad of excuses for doing so. Yesterday, IPR filed a response to Amazon, drafted by IPR student Margarita Varona, on behalf of IPR’s client, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) and several other deaf and hard of hearing consumer groups, including the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), and the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO). Based on observations made by Dr. Christian Vogler, Director of the Technology Access Program (TAP) at Gallaudet University, the response noted that Amazon has continued to violate the IP captioning rules and urged the FCC to impose substantial sanctions against Amazon.
§ Consumer Groups’ Response to Amazon
§ Amazon’s Response to Complaint
§ Consumer Groups’ Complaint
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