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FCC Announces Nonbroadcast Networks Subject to Video Description Requirements
May 17, 2018
Source: Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
On May 17, 2018, the FCC Media Bureau released an Order and Public Notice taking the following actions:
- Granted a request by ESPN, MSNBC, and Fox News to be excluded from the list of networks that must provide video description because they do not air at least 50 hours of prime time programming that is not live or near live per calendar quarter;
- Updated the top five nonbroadcast networks that will be subject to the FCC’s video description requirements, which as of July 1, 2018, will be USA, HGTV, TBS, Discovery, and History; and
- Remind covered broadcast stations (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC) and multichannel video programming distributors that, as of July 1, 2018, they must provide 87.5 hours of video description per calendar quarter on each included network that they carry.
Links and contacts for more information:
- FCC Order and Public Notice on Video Description Requirements[PDF, 6 pages]
- FCC: Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act
- FCC: video description
- For questions, if you use a videophone or are fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at 844‐432‐2275.
- For specific questions, contact Maria Mullarkey at (202) 418-2120 or Maria.Mullarkey@fcc.gov.
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