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FCC Regulations – Legal Update Webinar

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Need to Learn More about Accessible Communications Regulations? If you are part of an organization that provides audio or video entertainment, advanced communications, or any other type of telecom product or service, you need to be well-versed in the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and the Communications Act. In our upcoming free webinar – FCC Accessible Communications Regulations Legal Update – Attorney Maria Browne of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and SSB BART Group CEO Tim Springer will discuss: The scope of the CVAA and other laws as they pertain specific industries Requirements for compliance,… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Complying with Section 205

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Last week’s post in our blog series on Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) gave an overview of Section 205. This week we’ll take a more detailed look at who must comply, what is and is not covered, what must be made accessible and how to achieve accessibility as outlined in report and order FCC 13-138. Who must comply? Multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) – Must offer accessible devices through the same means they offer other customers requesting devices Hardware and software manufacturers of MVPD supported devices – Must make the devices available through the same channels that… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Section 205 Overview

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Section 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) covers digital apparatuses designed to receive, playback, and display multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) programming. This requirement applies to manufacturers of MVPD hardware and MVPD organizations and includes the software installed on the hardware by the manufacturer or directed for installation by the manufacturer or MVPD. It also covers software that is provided by the MVPD to access video programming and other MVPD services. Furthermore, Section 205 covers devices such as set top boxes, mobile apps, devices used for navigation, and user guides of video programming. However, only the… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Section 204 Overview

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In this third installment in our blog series on Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) we’ll take a high-level look at the requirements of Section 204. Section 204 of the CVAA requires that digital apparatus manufacturers who make or import apparatuses for the recording and playback of video programming for sale in the United States make digital apparatuses that designed to receive, play, and display video programming accessible to people who are blind and to people with visual impairments. Section 204 also applies to apparatuses not covered by Section 205. This requirement applies to manufacturers… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Answers to Common Questions

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For the second installment in our blog series on Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) we answer some of the most common questions on the requirements, complaint process, support and documentation as outlined in report and order FCC 13-138. Requirements and Limitations Are there set performance objectives, technical, or functional requirements? No. The FCC does not provide any performance objectives or technical requirements. It does provide 11 different features that, when present, must be accessible by audio or, when not present, via visual indicators or on-screen text in a manner that is operable… Read More

CVAA Sections 204 and 205 – Overview

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This is the first installment in a six part series on Sections 204 and 205 of the Twenty-First Century Video and Communications Act of 2010 (CVAA). On October 31, 2013, the FCC released rulemaking on Sections 204 and 205 of the CVAA. The purpose of this report and order (FCC 13-138) was to adopt rules to ensure the user interfaces of digital apparatuses for playback of video programming, including navigation and video programming guides, are accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired — unless non-achievable. The term digital apparatus includes “the physical device and the video player(s) capable… Read More

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