Monday, August 10, 2015

Talking Guide Extends TV Accessibility in US

from the desk of John Carlucci, President and CTO Americas
As part of the CableLabs Summer Conference, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel on TV Accessibility. A highlight was a live demonstration of the Comcast Xfinity Talking Guide.  The attached video shows a demonstration and Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast VP Accessibility talking about the guide.

The FCC rule requiring a talking guide was enacted late in 2013 based on section 205 of the CVAA passed in 2010 .  The rules cover video navigation device functionality in the following areas: Channel/Program Selection; Display Channel/Program Information; Configuration – Setup; Configuration – CC Control; Configuration – CC Options; Configuration – Video Description Control; Display Configuration Info; Playback Functions; and Input Selection. A summary of the specifics can be found here.

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