2009: The Year in Captions


thumbs_up Captionfish.com (5/12/09)

Captionfish launched with the goal of providing captioned film results for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, expanded to include Descriptive Video listings, and soon to provide subtitled movie listings!

thumbs_up22 Frames.com

The web offers a world of quality videos for our enjoyment and enlightenment. Captioned and subtitled videos are an answer; however, they are generally scattered and/or mixed with all other videos across the Internet.  22frames, by continually indexing videos from these multiple hosts, offers an increasingly comprehensive catalog covering many different topics.

thumbs_upHR3101 / Caption Action 2

H.R. 3101: Twenty-first Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2009 Introduced
Jun 26, 2009 Sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey. Caption Action2 Supported by Jamie Berke, Robert Goodwin, and publicized by Marlee Matlin.

thumbs_upTrailerSpy Add Closed Captioned trailers

First “public” movie trailer site to add closed captioned movie trailers.

thumbs_upHulu adds caption search

Another example of how making things accessible for the Deaf/hh makes things better for everyone.

thumbs_upThe President of the United States offers Captioning on White House Videos

President Obama has all his addresses captioned, available at youtube.com/whitehouse

thumbs_upAutomatic Captioning on YouTube

Yes, we all know that automatic captioning is not optimal, but it 100% of videos can be available be 75% accurate, some access is provided,  and maybe some more people will want to make sure there message is clear, and provide their own captions.

thumbs_down NetFlix Resists Online Captions

Netflix seem to initially say that it was technologically difficult, then seemed to add it to their development plans for 2010. Let’s hope it’s not an empty promise.

My Own Headlines:

  • Started Live Captioning the service at my church
  • Put SDHH on my first full length movie
  • Got my first paid caption work (thanks to a referral from some deaf teachers!)
  • Encourage TrailerSpy to investigate closed captions.
  • 170 Captioned Trailers on CaptionFish, 225 on DVD-Subtitles
    (404 total movie trailers in my collection)
  • Lost my job.


Any News that I am missing?


5 thoughts on “2009: The Year in Captions

  1. Hi Bill,
    Thanks for this great review abt captions and I agree with you that there are a lot of things happening past year. What are your predictions for 2010?

    Also I am truly sorry you lost your job. I hope your skills in captioning will help u to gain employment somehow. You are valuable!

    Take care and happy new year!


    • Hmm, Predictions for 2010:

      1. (Hope) HR 3102 Passes
      2. More mainstream sites add captions, but still not a high percentage
      3. Hulu continues to be a leader in online TV, and increases percent of captions


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