DVB approves spec for next-generation subtitles

The DVB steering board has approved a new specification for subtitling to enable the deliver of the next generation of subtitles in transports streams for broadcast TV. The new spec for subtitling is based on the W3C Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) and complements the bitmap-based subtitle solutions that have been in use for over […]

Facebook adds subtitle support for live videos

Facebook is now supporting closed captions in Facebook Live, as part of its efforts to make the social network “accessible to everyone”. With the update, publishers using the Facebook Live API can now add CEA-608 standard subtitles to Facebook Live broadcasts, allowing them to be enjoyed by audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. […]

YouTube automatic captions now on 1bn videos

YouTube has now automatically subtitled 1 billion videos, having first automated video captions in 2009. YouTube combines Google’s automatic speech recognition technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions, a process it described as a “big leap forward” in helping it keep up with the video service’s growing scale. “Fast forward to today, […]

Sky to up subtitling for on-demand content

Sky has pledged to make subtitling available for “the most popular and best Sky on-demand content” on customers’ TVs by summer 2016. Announcing the plans, Sky director of product design and development, Ian Rosarius, said that currently more than 90% of linear content across 26 channels is available with subtitles, which can be recorded and […]

YouTube updates to include crowd-funding options

YouTube is planning a number of site enhancements in the coming months, including tools that will allow content curators to crowd-source subtitle translations and raise KickStarter-style funding. Announcing the new features and updates on the YouTube Creators blog, the video site said that it is adding an option where fans will be able to contribute […]

Ofcom to audit quality of subtitles

UK regulator Ofcom is to begin a regular audit of the quality of TV broadcasters’ subtitles from next year, to help improve the service for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Under new measures introduced today, broadcasters will be required to measure the quality of their subtitling on live TV programmes every six months, for two years. […]