CLOSED CAPTIONING GUIDELINES

CBS Television Distribution Syndication Bible

 

This information is subject to change and was last updated 03/16/09.

 

As of January 1, 1998, regulations created by the FCC governing the use of closed captioning of television programming went into effect. Following is a very brief explanation of how those rules will work, based on September 17, 1998 FCC rule revisions. A complete set of guidelines can be found at the FCC website:

http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/caption.html

 

Two areas of programming are defined in the regs: New Programming and Old (pre reg) Programming. Some programming, such as commercials of 5 minutes duration or less, is considered exempt.

 

1)    NEW PROGRAMMING: This is all programming with a first telecast date of January 1, 1998 and after. At the end of an 8 year phase-in period, 100% of all non-exempt new programming product must be closed captioned. The phase-in is benchmarked so that 25% of programming is captioned by 2000, 50% by 2002, 75% by 2004 and 95% by 2006. The formal regs state this in number of hours per quarter, but these percentages will give you a good idea of what the FCC expects of the broadcasters.

 

2)    PRE REG/OLD PROGRAMMING: This is all programming that has aired before January 1, 1998. At the end of a 10 year period, 75% of all old programming must be captioned. Commencing January 1, 2003, 30% of non-exempt old programming must be captioned. The FCC also expects that there will be a steady incremental increase in the availability of older product with captioning and will monitor the industry’s progress. As of January 1, 2008, and thereafter, 75% of the programming distributor’s pre-rule nonexempt video programming being distributed and exhibited on each channel during each calendar quarter must be provided with closed captioning.

 

The individual features and series title pages have detailed information about closed captioning. All barter feature packages are closed captioned, as are most of the more recent cash feature packages. Following is a list of current syndication series (cash & barter) that are closed captioned. Series that are not currently in syndication are also included, but the list is not comprehensive.

ANDY GRIFFITH

BECKER

BEVERLY HILLBILLIES

BONANZA (260 episode package only)

THE BRADY BUNCH

BRANDED

CHARMED

CHEERS

CLUELESS

CSI

CSI: MIAMI

CSI: NY

DEAR JOHN

DIAGNOSIS MURDER

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT

EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND

FAMILY TIES

FRASIER

FRIDAY THE 13TH – THE SERIES

THE FUGTIVE (Season 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)

GET SMART!

GIRLFRIENDS

GOMER PYLE

GUNS OF WILL SONNETT

GUNSMOKE (226 color episodes only)

HALF & HALF

HAPPY DAYS

HAWAII FIVE-O (209 digital versions only)

HOGANS HEROES

HONEYMOONERS

(NEW) HONEYMOONERS LOST EPISODES

HOT TICKET

I LOVE LUCY (TV Short Versions only)

THE INSIDER

JUDGE JOE BROWN

JUDGE JUDY

JUDGE MILLS LANE

LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY

LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE

THE LITTLE RASCALS

LOVE AMERICAN STYLE

LUCY SHOW

MATLOCK

MAXIMUM EXPOSURE

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Now all seasons. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)

MOESHA

MONTEL WILLIAMS

MORK & MINDY

MY THREE SONS (In Progress, Seasons 6 – 10 only)

NASH BRIDGES

ODD COUPLE

ONE ON ONE

ONE STEP BEYOND

THE PARKERS

PERRY MASON

QUEEN OF SWORDS

REAL TV

RELIC HUNTER

RENDEZ-VIEW

RESURRECTION BLVD.

SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH

SEVENTH HEAVEN

SISTER, SISTER

STAR TREK

STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE

STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION

STAR TREK: VOYAGER

STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO (Currently Seasons 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)

TAXI

TWILIGHT ZONE

UNEXPLAINED MYSTERIES

THE UNTOUCHABLES (Currently Seasons 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)

NEW UNTOUCHABLES

VIPER

WE LOVE LUCY

WILD WILD WEST

WILD THINGS