CVAA Section 204 and 205 – Section 204 Overview

Section 204 covers all digital apparatuses designed to receive, play, and display video programming, and applies to apparatuses not covered by Section 205. This requirement applies to manufacturers of hardware and includes the software installed on the hardware by the manufacturer or directed for installation by the manufacturer. However, it does not cover software that is not provided with hardware. Thus, web-based video players or software-based media players that are provided without accompanying hardware are not covered by this section.

Section 204 also covers devices such as DVD players and portable and mobile devices with features that are used for video programming. However, only the features that are required for video programming, any controls, and user interface features used to access the programming are covered. For example, on-screen menus must provide audio output for people who are blind or visually impaired, and any physical buttons must be accessible to a person who is blind or visually impaired. A feature such as a key, button, or icon must be provided on all devices to all users who are deaf or hard of hearing to enable closed captions, and a feature such as a key, button, or icon must be provided to enable audio description for people who are blind or visually impaired.

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