Ericsson to unveil live captioning

Ericsson will use IBC to unveil a live captioning platform. Ericsson is showcasing its real-time platform that supports live captioning in various languages for broadcasters using speech-to-text, newsroom integration, and offline content preparation.

The live platform is a key part of Ericsson’s broadcast and media services portfolio following the acquisition of leading media services company Red Bee Media in July.

The software platform, which was developed in-house, uses speech recognition and stenography technologies to power live captioning. It allows multiple captioners to prepare and deliver real-time services for clients while maximizing re-use of the caption data after it has been broadcast, for example, by helping to power content discovery and enrich archive search, according to Ericsson. The platform is currently being used to deliver live captioning services for broadcast clients including the BBC.

“The drive for technical innovation and operational efficiency has underpinned Ericsson’s approach to the design and development of this platform from the outset. They have delivered a system that is uniquely tailored to meeting our demanding requirements,” said Simon Smith, head of broadcast and publication operations at BBC Television.

“We are already seeing a step change in live subtitling accuracy as a result of using this platform, and we view its ongoing development as a vital tool in delivering ever-greater access to live programs for the BBC’s deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.”


Ericsson will be exhibiting at IBC on stand 1.D61