FCC’s Efforts to Expand Video Description May Spark Debate on Statutory Authority

By | March 31st, 2016|Legal News|

The FCC’s video description rules require covered broadcasters and MVPDs to provide audio-narration of the key visual elements of a program during pauses in the dialogue so as to make it more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Under the current rules (which Congress in 2010 directed the FCC to reinstate after […]

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50 Hour Video Description Obligation Expands to Top 60 Markets on July 1

By | June 25th, 2015|Legal News|

Beginning next Wednesday, July 1, 2015, TV stations affiliated with the Top Four networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) in the top 60 markets will be required to provide 50 hours of video description per calendar quarter. Currently, the video description requirement applies only to commercial TV stations affiliated with a Top Four network that […]

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FCC Ponders Extending Emergency Alert Accessibility Rules to “Second Screens”

By | May 12th, 2015|Legal News|

At its Open Meeting scheduled for next Thursday, May 21, 2015, the FCC will consider extending emergency information accessibility rules to “second screen” devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones.  The contemplated Second Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would expand the class of entities subject to the FCC’s accessibility rules (adopted […]

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Update: Official Deadline Announced for Top Ten Nonbroadcast Video Net Exemption Requests

By | February 3rd, 2015|Legal News|

 Last month we reported on the FCC’s triennial designation of the Top Ten nonbroadcast video networks, a designation that looks like an honor of sorts (until you realize that larger (i.e., >50,000 subs) MVPD’s must provide 50 hours ...

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Top Ten Nonbroadcast Video Networks? The Winners Are …

By | January 7th, 2015|Legal News|

Video description rules bring FCC into the ratings game ... every three years When you’re trying to track down the national rankings of video programming networks, you may not think to check with the FCC – but, thanks to the Twenty-Fir...

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Stevie Wonder – Live at the Portals!

By | October 24th, 2014|Legal News|

High on the superstar's wish list: Increased video description services. Yes, you heard it right! Stevie Wonder, the legendary songwriter and recording artist, made the rounds, live and in person, at the FCC recently. He met with the Chairman and the o...

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