Television broadcasters relying on Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) phone lines to receive closed-captioning data from broadcast closed captioners take heed.
Telephone companies across the country are slowly phasing those lines out, and their replacements may introduce data compression that will result in garbled captions and phone drop outs, the National Court Reporters Association, NCRA, is warning.
In a recent letter to the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the NCRA told broadcasters that POTS lines are “becoming increasingly difficult” to get. As a result, newly installed substitutes, such as fiber optic lines, digital lines or VoIP lines, may cause damage to captions, making them unusable.
“The onus falls on the broadcaster to ensure that it is in compliance with the captioning regulations from the FCC,” the letter said.
To read the letter, visit the SBE website.