Agreement paves way to full access to movies for people with hearing loss

WASHINGTON, DC—The future is looking a lot brighter for deaf and hard-of-hearing movie enthusiasts, thanks to an agreement announced on November 21 by four national advocacy groups for people with hearing loss and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). If the Department of Justice (DoJ) accepts the recommendations from the Hearing Loss Association of…

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Thousands of Regal theaters to provide devices for hard-of-hearing moviegoers

KNOXVILLE, TN–Regal Cinemas, the country’s largest chain of movie houses, has announced that by the end of May it will have distributed caption-displaying Access Glasses for patrons with hearing loss to more than 6000 of its theaters nationwide. When moviegoers use this technology, captions are projected onto the Access Glasses, but the words look as…

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Amazon accused of breaking FCC rules for closed captioning of online TV shows

WASHINGTON, DC—Advocates for people with hearing loss charge that Amazon.com has repeatedly violated new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules governing Internet captioning requirements. Several advocacy groups, including the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), stated their case in a complaint filed December 20 with the FCC. Under a rule that took effect September 30, 2012,…

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Closed caption TV becomes available on Continental flights

HOUSTON–Continental Airlines has become the first airline to provide passengers with closed captioning for live television broadcasting on some of its aircraft. The closed captioning will help passengers with hearing loss enjoy in-flight entertainment, including over 100 channels of DIRECTV-provided satellite television. This enhancement will be offered initially on all LTV3-equipped Boeing 737NG planes operated…

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