National Association of the Deaf

Internet Access and Broadband

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Twenty-five years ago, few television shows or movies were captioned. Today, thanks to advancing technology and federal law, you can turn on the television and watch almost any show with captions. Also, thanks to improved technology and the volunteer efforts of movie studios and movie distributors, you can now buy or rent many movie DVDs with captions.

Increasingly, people are watching television shows and movies that are redistributed over the Internet. People can download these television shows and movies from the Internet and watch them on their computers or on playback devices like video iPods. However, almost none of these television shows and movies, even television shows and movies that were previously captioned, are captioned when redistributed over the Internet. Presently, only a fraction of the multimedia on the Internet