FCC Extends Deadline for New Emergency Accessibility Requirement

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by

About a year ago, the FCC modified its closed-captioning rules, and among (many) other things, added a requirement for video program providers (i.e., all TV stations) to begin using – by May 26, 2015 – a secondary audio stream to provide emergency information provided visually during non-newscast programming so blind or visually impaired could hear such information.

At the request of NAB and others, the FCC has now granted an extension of the deadline until November 30.

The new secondary audio stream requirement does not apply to EAS initiated emergency information.