For deaf and hearing-impaired viewers, the CBS Television Network captions on average 100 hours a week of its regularly scheduled network programming. CBS has long been an industry leader and innovator in the field of captioning. Closed-captioned CBS Network programming includes:
The entire CBS primetime lineup is captioned, including all regularly scheduled series, specials, movies and mini-series.
CBS captions 60 MINUTES, 48 HOURS, the CBS EVENING NEWS, the Saturday and Sunday editions of the CBS WEEKEND NEWS, the Monday thru Friday and Saturday Editions of CBS THIS MORNING, CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS MORNING NEWS, CBS OVERNIGHT NEWS and FACE THE NATION, as well as CBS News Specials, CBS News Special Reports and breaking-news coverage. In addition, by updating captioning to Central, Mountain and Pacific time-zone broadcasts on an as-needed basis, CBS News ensures that all its viewers have equal access as required by the FCC.
One hundred percent of CBS Sports programming is captioned, including the entire NFL schedule.
All children's programming on CBS is captioned, as is all daytime programming – THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, THE TALK and LET’S MAKE A DEAL.
The LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN are also captioned, as are religious specials.
FCC regulations which were effective Jan. 1, 1998, mandated that 100 percent of new nonexempt programming must be closed-captioned by Jan. 1, 2006. The CBS Television Network has been in full compliance with the 100 percent mandate since the mid 1990's, well ahead of the requirements of these regulations.
CBS is also in full compliance with FCC regulations requiring Internet closed-captioning for programs published or exhibited on television with captions.
Video description is the insertion of audio narrated descriptions of a television program's key visual elements into natural pauses in the program's dialogue, which makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. CBS makes video description available as a secondary audio service (also sometimes referred to as a secondary audio program or SAP) for selected programs.
On July 1, 2012 the FCC reinstated regulations which mandate that CBS, and certain other broadcasters, provide 50 hours per calendar quarter of video described programming. Since 2002, CBS has continuously and voluntarily provided video description for an average of 50 hours of programming per calendar quarter. CBS is proud to have been an industry leader and innovator in the voluntary provision of video description and is 100% compliant with the reinstated FCC regulations.
CBS voluntarily provides more than 200% of the video described hours required under the FCC’s reinstated regulations, with over 100 hours of video described programming on CBS per calendar quarter.
During the 2017/2018 season, CBS will broadcast the following primetime programs with Video Description for the Visually Impaired:
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
THE BIG BANG THEORY
“THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC!” FCC educational/informational compliant programming:
DR. CHRIS PET VET
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
LUCKY DOG 2
THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS
Advisories are provided for any additional programming which is being made available with Video Description (i.e.: specials) as soon as they are confirmed.
For more information on closed-captioning and/or video description, call the CBS Captioning and Video Description Department at (212) 975-7917.
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