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Closed Captioning

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Channel 8 is committed to providing closed captioning coverage to our audience. 

If you have a closed captioning concerns, please contact the following people:

Immediate contact:
Doug Kramer, Chief Engineer
(702)792-8802
(702)669-6691 (Fax)

If you have a written complaint:
Kathy Kramer, Programing Director
3228 Channel 8 Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Background

Closed captioning is an assistive technology designed to provide access to television for persons with hearing disabilities by displaying the audio portion of a television signal as text on the television screen. Beginning in July 1993, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required all analog television sets with screens 13 inches or larger sold or manufactured in the United States to contain built-in decoder circuitry to display closed captioning. Beginning July 1, 2002, the FCC also required that digital television (DTV) receivers include closed captioning display capability.

In 1996, Congress required video program distributors (cable operators, broadcasters, satellite distributors and other multi-channel video programming distributors) to close caption their television programs. Pursuant to this requirement, the FCC in 1997 set a transition schedule requiring distributors to provide an increasing amount of captioned programming.

 Benefits of Closed Captioning

Closed captioning provides a critical link to news, entertainment, and information for individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. For individuals whose native language is not English, English language captions improve comprehension and fluency. Captions also help improve literacy skills. You can turn on closed captions through your remote control or on-screen menu. The FCC does not regulate captioning of home videos, DVDs, or video games.

  

 

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