DTV Access Project

DTV Caption Summit

Co-Sponsored by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)and the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM),
with the generous support of Panasonic — Matsushita Electric Corporation of America,
Wednesday, March 14, 2001, WETA, Arlington, VA




New FCC Rules on Video Description and DTV Captioning

The DTV Access Project is an inter-industry partnership to encourage implementation of Digital Television (DTV) services for people with sensory disabilities.

The DTV Access Project endorses open technical standards and creates test materials to support the delivery of Closed Captioning and Video Description in professional and consumer digital television systems. Project staff also assists the nation's public television stations in maintaining and enhancing captioning and description services as they make the transition from analog to digital broadcast facilities.

The Project is part of the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) at the WGBH Educational Foundation. WGBH is a national leader in public broadcasting, and a pioneer in making media more accessible for 36 million Americans with sensory disabilities.

DTV Access Project funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Television Future Fund the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education and the NCAM Business Partners Corporate and Industry sponsors

The following is an index of the information you will find on this site.

Project Overview:

  1. National Center for Accessible Media
  2. DTV Project Description & Goals
  3. Project Milestones
  4. Project Staff
  5. Technical and Consumer DTV Advisory Boards
  6. Additional NCAM Projects

  1. Captioning Q&A
  2. Description Q&A
  3. DTV Access Q&A
  4. Legislative and Regulatory Issues

DTV Tech Facts

  1. DTV Q&A (for technical types)
  2. Milestones
  3. Test Files & Tools
  4. Papers & Presentations
  5. Industry Partners

On the Road

DTV Access Project staff travel to consumer and industry events to present updates, and welcome visitors to our Boston offices for demonstrations of this and other media access initiatives and for tours of the WGBH Access Services production units- The Caption Center and Descriptive Video Service.

A representative list of these activities will appear on this page soon.

For PBS Stations

PBS has a thirty-year history championing access technologies that serve a truly diverse audience. The CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media has compiled additional resources to help the nation's public broadcasters transition from analog to digital broadcasting, and to share the great potential DTV holds for disabled viewers in their communities. PBS colleagues can visit "Accessing Public Broadcasting's Future" through PBS Inline in the months ahead.

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