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					THE DIGITAL TELEVISION TRANSITION
                 or
    "I Want My (Accessible) DTV"

      CSUN Technology & Persons with
          Disabilities Conference


               March 14, 2008

           Larry Goldberg, Director
        Media Access Group at WGBH
                       •
         Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family
National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH
                  WGBH & Access

• The Caption Center (est. 1972)
       Captioning of television, home videos, feature films,
       CD & DVD-ROM, streaming video

• Descriptive Video Service (est. 1990)
       Audio description of television, home videos, feature films
       by inserting key visual elements during pauses in dialogue

• National Center for Accessible Media (est. 1993)
       Research and development for new media, consulting for
       corporations, policy and standards development
The Transition is Now
The Transition is February 17, 2009
          FCC regulations
• Captions
• Video description
               The basics
Equipment

  – TV sets (displays)
  – Set-top boxes (cable, satellite, OTA tuner)
  – DVD players, recorders
  – Connections: RF, composite, S-video,
    component, HDMI
  Coupon eligible converter boxes
• Mandatory requirements
  – 608 pass-through


• Allowable features
  –   608, 708 decode
  –   video description pass-through
  –   CC, "SAP" button on remote
  –   accessible UI
     Dana Mulvany's AVS Forum
             and links
• http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=997022

• http://octopus.freeyellow.com/CECB_Spread.jpg
              DTV service
•   Broadcast
•   Cable (incl. FiOS-TV and U-verse)
•   Satellite
•   Not IP video (YouTube, Amazon,
    iTunes, NBC.com, etc., etc.)
CEA608 (line 21)

      and

CEA708 (DTVCC)
608 features and future
        Digital TV’s advanced caption features



•   Caption Windows
•   Pen Sizes (3)
•   Fonts (8)
•   Colors (8)
•   Opacity
•   Edging
    CEA 708
(from 608 and "native")
    CEA 708
(from 608 and "native")
              Problems
• Signal passage

• Equipment set-up

• Equipment interconnection

• User interfaces
                    Solutions
• FCC complaints
   - Closedcaptioning@fcc.gov
   - Form 2000C: Disability Access Complaint

• Contact local cable, TV station

• “Common complaint site”
    For more information:

Larry Goldberg, Director
Media Access Group at WGBH
One Guest St.
Boston, MA 02135

voice: 617-300-3722
fax: 617-300-1035
TTY: 617-300-2489

Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org
access.wgbh.org

				
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