Netflix Settles With National Association of the Deaf Over Closed Captioning

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Netflix users who wish to watch streaming content with closed captions will be able to do so for all the content in the next two years as a result of a settlement reached this week.

The suit, brought by Lee Nettles, a deaf Massachusetts resident, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), along with the Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired, started it’s way through the courts in 2010.

In a statement from the NAD, the group said, “The agreement indicates the parties’ mutual intent to increase access for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to movies and television streamed on the Internet. Netflix began its closed-captioning program in 2010. Netflix has increased captioning for 90% of the hours viewed but is now committed to focusing on covering all titles by captioning 100% of all content by 2014. Captions can be displayed on a majority of the more than 1,000 devices on which the service is available.”

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