More and more congregations are offering "live streaming" and this week we got a question about closed captioning for such. So we went to our go-to source for all things audio/visual, Dennis Washington at ProChurchVideo.
Here's what we learned (with a jump to his site)...
Twice in the past two weeks I’ve been asked about closed captioning options for churches who live stream their worship services. The short answer is that options are available, but costs and/or the lack of perfection may be too risky for many churches.
First off, a quick background on my experience with closed captioning: I worked at a TV station in Birmingham, Alabama, for nearly 20 years. The FCC requires TV stations to close caption their content, regardless of whether it’s live or pre-recorded. As a result, TV stations spend thousands of dollars each year to hire people to transcribe breaking news and severe weather coverage. I was never one of those transcribers, but I was involved in the management process to make sure that happened.
In 2009, my congregation started closed captioning our weekly TV show.