TV Closed Captioning Laws

In many countries, video programming distributors (VPDs) are required by law to close caption their TV programs.  Below is a summary of the United States laws concerning this:

Television Decoder Circuitry Act (1990) – this Act requires all TV screens to have closed captioning capabilities as of July 1, 1993.

Telecommunications Act (1996) – Requires all digital TV’s to have closed captioning as of July 1, 2002.

Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III (1990) – Requires all public facilities (except theaters) to provide closed captioning on televisions, films or slide shows.

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (2010) – Requires broadcasters to provide captioning for TV programs that are redistributed on the internet.

USA Dubs understands the regulatory environment related to video captioning, subtitling, and more. Our industry experts have worked on these processes for years and can advise you on what your company needs and how to comply with regulations while staying within your budget.

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