Elk Grove Village Television allows live captioning on all video programming

This month, Elk Grove Television (EGTV) introduced a dynamic system that supports the display of closed captioning on all live and on-demand video broadcasts. This is an important step in making the village more accessible to all members of the community.

Live captioning systems display lines of text on the screen that correspond to the action in real time, allowing the viewer to understand everything without the sound. This system provides a written description of what is heard and said in a video or live stream.

When first installed, the accuracy of the captioning system starts at around 80%. As a machine learning system, this cutting edge technology will continue to improve over time and achieve 95% accuracy in just a few months.

The Village’s proactive efforts to provide equal opportunity for access to content come at a time when public, educational and government agencies are currently exempt from video captioning requirements.

“The new system helps ensure that all members of our community have access to Village programs,” said Mayor Craig Johnson. “This proactive effort is part of the Village’s commitment to be an inclusive community.”

In addition to ensuring access for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, live captioning offers many benefits, including flexibility for viewers, better accessibility for viewers with English as a second language, as well as improved understanding and retention. Closed captioning also allows the audience to view content in environments where access to audio is limited.

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