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Ask The FCC For Open Access To Internet Closed Captions Data

4,236 Signatures Goal: 5,000

We have an urgent request! The FCC is now making new laws for closed captions on TV and movie programming shown over the Internet, as required under the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. We are asking the FCC to require Video Programming Providers (e.g., NetFlix, Hulu, ABC.com, NBC.com) to give open access to the closed captions data for third-party software and devices with the same closed captioning accuracy and timing that's available to the video programming providers.


Allowing open access to real-time closed captioning data allows the marketplace to produce innovations that benefit the public, such as foul language filtering technology that mutes offensive language and also removes the offensive words from the closed captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and technology that translates closed captions into multiple languages for the deaf and hard-of-hearing whose primary language is not English.

Without allowing third-party access to real-time closed caption data, current marketplace innovations which use this data will not be available for Internet video and future closed caption marketplace innovations will not be possible.

We sign this petition asking the FCC to make rules requiring video programming providers to allow open access to accurate and timely closed captioning data for third-party marketplace innovations.

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File a Comment with the FCC on this matter.  Use Proceeding Number 11-154.

View TVGuardian's Comments and Reply Comments filed with the FCC.
  • Barbara Riplie
    Barbara Riplie United States, Saint George
    Mar 21, 2016
    Mar 21, 2016
    I am bed bound and watch a lot of Netflix. I hate the bad language that Hollywood puts into their movies and subject us to. I support people's rights to speech, but what about my rights. Sometimes I wish I could watch a movie without hearing so much filthy language.
  • Jason Jeffers
    Jason Jeffers United States, Albertville
    Oct 05, 2015
    Oct 05, 2015
    I don't understand why Netflix won't just allow people to use the TV Guardian with their website. Netflix gets payed either way, they should allow individual customers to make those decisions about profanity on their own televisions. I've been a customer of Netflix for years, ever since the old days when they were DVD only. But now it's to the point that I will take the first service that allows my TV Guardian access to CC. I would like that to be Netflix but I am open to switching services. I am tired of not being able to watch good movies because they are full of F-Bombs. Get with the program Netflix, many of your customers want this and you'll end up with many more if you implement this.
  • Aaron Nichol
    Apr 05, 2015
    Apr 05, 2015
    For some reason, Hollywood seems to think everyone wants their movies and TV shows laden to the brim with garbage - and that's saying something coming from me, a guy barely in his twenties. One of the most overused things is profanity, which thankfully a good profanity-filtering device will take care of.

    Unfortunately, in this age of digital streaming, services like Netflix, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video are being utilized more and more over traditional media such as DVD's and Blu-ray discs.

    The problem with this is that people like me and my family, who enjoy quality programming without all the countless expletives that are inevitably included, can't utilize profanity filtering, no thanks to the streaming companies having all the say as to whether or not third-party devices can access closed captioning. This petition, if successful, would solve that problem.

    I don't have a problem with other people wanting their media laden with junk, but I for one want the option to filter it out. That's the reason why I'm signing this petition; I want options, and these companies aren't giving them to us.
  • Aaron Nichol
    Aaron Nichol United States, Coeur D Alene
    Apr 05, 2015
    Apr 05, 2015
    For some reason, Hollywood seems to think everyone wants their movies and TV shows laden to the brim with garbage - and that's saying something coming from me, a guy barely in his twenties. One of the most overused things is profanity, which thankfully a good profanity-filtering device will take care of.

    Unfortunately, in this age of digital streaming, services like Netflix, Google Play, and Amazon Instant Video are being utilized more and more over traditional media such as DVD's and Blu-ray discs.

    The problem with this is that people like me and my family, who enjoy quality programming without all the countless expletives that are inevitably included, can't utilize profanity filtering, no thanks to the streaming companies having all the say as to whether or not third-party devices can access closed captioning. This petition, if successful, would solve that problem.

    I don't have a problem with other people wanting their media laden with junk, but I for one want the option to filter it out. That's the reason why I'm signing this petition; I want options, and these companies aren't giving them to us.
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  • 12 months ago
    Nathan Cowan United States
    12 months ago
  • 1 year ago
    Barbara Riplie United States
    1 year ago
  • 1 year ago
    Hyman Jarrett United States
    1 year ago
  • 2 years ago
    Brenda Jeffers United States
    2 years ago
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    Jason Jeffers United States
    2 years ago
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    kellie marshall United States
    2 years ago
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    Jackie
    2 years ago
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    Ryan Leavins
    2 years ago
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    Aaron Nichol
    2 years ago
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    Lee DeBevoise
    2 years ago
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    Karen Lewis
    2 years ago
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    Jenny Baldwin
    2 years ago
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    demaris m davila
    2 years ago
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    Simmie Wyatt United States
    3 years ago
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    Kristal Andersen United States
    3 years ago
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