What are closed captions?

Closed captioning (called ‘subtitling’ in the UK) is the most widely used type of captioning.

It gives viewers the option to view captions that are carried with the broadcast signal and the viewer is required to switch the captions on or off. This is done by ‘opening’ the closed captions at the point of viewing. Media that has closed captioning available is commonly identified in program guides and on DVD/video covers by the closed captioning [CC] symbol.

Our captions can be seen across dozens of television channels on both free-to-air and subscription TV. As well as authoring our own original captions, we re-time and reformat thousands of hours of captions acquired from our international suppliers and clients to reduce costs and increase the amount of accessible content.

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Updated on June 19, 2018

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