Closed-Captioning


For deaf and hearing-impaired viewers, the CBS Television Network captions on average 100   hours a week of its regularly scheduled network programming.  CBS has long been an industry leader and innovator in the field of captioning. Closed-captioned CBS Network programming includes:

 

The entire CBS primetime lineup is captioned, including all regularly scheduled series, specials, movies and mini-series. 

 

CBS captions 60 MINUTES, 48 HOURS, the CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY, the Weekend Editions of the CBS EVENING NEWS, the Monday thru Friday and Saturday Editions of CBS THIS MORNING, CBS SUNDAY MORNING with CHARLES OSGOOD, CBS MORNING NEWS, CBS OVERNIGHT NEWS and FACE THE NATION, as well as CBS News Specials, CBS News Special Reports and breaking-news coverage.  In addition, by updating captioning to Central, Mountain and Pacific time-zone broadcasts on an as-needed basis, CBS News ensures that all its viewers have equal access as required by the FCC.

 

One hundred percent of CBS Sports programming is captioned, including the entire NFL schedule plus SUPER BOWL 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, when the event celebrates its golden anniversary at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

 

All children's programming on CBS is captioned, as is all daytime programming – THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE TALK and LET’S MAKE A DEAL. 

 

The LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN are also captioned, as are religious specials. 

 

FCC regulations which were effective Jan. 1, 1998, mandated that 100 percent of new nonexempt programming must be closed-captioned by Jan. 1, 2006.  The CBS Television Network has been in full compliance with the 100 percent mandate since the mid 1990's, well ahead of the requirements of these regulations.  

 

With the addition of closed captioning to the CBS OVERNIGHT NEWS, effective with the September 21, 2015 broadcast premiere date, 100% of our programs which are exempt from the FCC’s closed captioning regulations are also voluntarily closed captioned.

 

CBS is also in full compliance with FCC regulations requiring Internet closed-captioning for programs published or exhibited on television with captions.  CBS provides closed captions for Internet viewing of all full-length episodes of the Network’s programming, including all of CBS primetime, daytime and late night programming, full episodes of CBS News programs, full broadcasts of CBS Sports programs and religious specials.

 

For more information on closed-captioning, call the CBS Captioning and Video Description Department at (212) 975-7917.

 

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Video Description

 

Video description is the insertion of audio narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements into natural pauses in the program's dialogue, which makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.  CBS makes video description available as a secondary audio service (also sometimes referred to as a secondary audio program or SAP) for selected programs.

 

On July 1, 2012 the FCC reinstated regulations which mandate that CBS, and certain other broadcasters, provide 50 hours per calendar quarter of video described programming.  Since 2002, CBS has continuously and voluntarily provided video description for an average of 50 hours of programming per calendar quarter.  CBS is proud to have been an industry leader and innovator in the voluntary provision of video description and is 100% compliant with the reinstated FCC regulations.

 

CBS voluntarily provides more than 200% of the video described hours required under the FCC’s reinstated regulations, with over 100 hours of video described programming on CBS per calendar quarter. 


During the 2015/2016 season, CBS will broadcast the following primetime programs with Video Description for the Visually Impaired:

 

BLUE BLOODS (new add)
CRIMINAL MINDS
NCIS
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (new add)
THE BIG BANG THEORY
 
“THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC!” FCC educational/informational compliant programming:
 
LUCKY DOG
DR. CHRIS PET VET
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
THE INSPECTORS (new add)
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL'S HIDDEN HEROES (new add)
GAME CHANGERS WITH KEVIN FRAZIER

Advisories are provided for any additional programming which is being made available with Video Description (i.e.: specials) as soon as they are confirmed.

 

For more information on video description, call the CBS Captioning and Video Description Department at (212) 975-7917.