As of September 30th, 2012 services that provide IP delivery off-air TV programming must provide closed-captioning with the Internet stream. New FCC regulations require that most pre-recorded video programming must be captioned for streaming if it has been shown on TV with captions on or before September 30, 2012. More information can be found at “FCC’s New Closed Captioning Rules Kick Into Gear” article at JDSupra. The new regulations specifically impact TV broadcasters, event broadcasters and cable companies that do live simulcasts and IPTV.
While the new rules have been in the works for two years, many have been surprised that the deadline has already passed. The good news is that a simple solution is already available, the Contemporary Research ATSC+SDI HDTV Tuner with HD-SDI. The new product can receive ATSC and QAM digital channels and outputs the stream, including 708 captioning, through an onboard HD-SDI port. This allows capture cards and encoder/transcoder appliances to provide captioning data for IP broadcasts.
Based on the proven ATSC series of HDTV tuners, the ATSC+SDI has onboard Web pages for IP setup and control, as well as USB, RS-232, and IR control options. A built-in scaler outputs the stream at a set resolution of 1080i, 720p or 480i. Audio can be embedded AC-3 or AES stereo. Additional Component, Composite, stereo audio and digital SPDIF outputs allow simultaneous monitoring of operation. The compact tuner can be rack mounted two-across in one rack space.