Closed Caption Decoder

The human race has been on this earth for decades. We are now at a point where science and technology are progressing exponentially – faster and faster every day. Technology has somewhat become the backbone of man, without which they will be unable to do almost everything today. Their intelligence and unfaltering will to make the world better place for each of earth’s inhabitants have led them to the invention of many devices to help mankind. One such invention is the Closed Caption Decoder.

Closed caption is one of the most useful pieces of technology developed to enhance the living standards of the people who are short of hearing or deaf. Simply put, it displays text at the bottom of the screen which has been converted from the audio of the viewed TV program. The closed caption information is transmitted by encoding it into the TV signals which are then decoded to text format in TVs using a closed caption decoder. Nowadays, these decoders are built in to every TV set though they can also be bought separately.

Closed caption is not a new technology. It has been in use since 1990 when a law was passed, The Television Decoder Circuitry Act, which stated that every TV set produced after 1993 that is at least 13 inches large must contain a closed caption decoder. Since then, people have been benefited by having legible text appearing on the bottom of the screen interpreting the actions of the TV broadcast. Later in 2000, the Federal Communications Commission have asked to include options where the people will be able to choose between different languages, fonts and colors.

By now, many people are wondering what the difference is between closed captions and subtitles. These two terms may seem and also feel similar but they are different in ways such as how they are produced and for what purpose.

Firstly, closed captions are produced by having the information encoded into the TV broadcast and then decoded in the TV set. They are available in most TV shows and programs. However, the information of the subtitles is written on to the CD or DVD of any movie or video which are then accessed from the menu.

Subtitles and closed captions were also created for different purposes. Closed captions were made so that people who had difficulty in hearing could understand and interpret the audio portion of TV shows. The main purpose of subtitles was originally to help people who could hear properly but could not understand the audio present in the movies. Subtitles are usually translated from the original language to numerous other languages.

Aside from benefiting the hearing impaired, closed captioning has also been used in many other places where people may have difficulty hearing the audio from TVs or any other source. Many salons have integrated closed captioning to their TVs so that customers can enjoy their appointments, watching TV without having to strain themselves trying to hear over the noise of the salon. Closed captioning is also available in many bars and restaurants where sports fans or news watchers can see the audio rather than having to hear it over the hustle and bustle of the bar.

In the world of today, closed caption is no longer enclosed simply in TV shows. Many internet websites contain closed captions in many videos that are available on the net. They are also able to decode many of the audio files. Museums have also started to use closed caption decoders on their TVs to display text of the audio that is being played for the particular exhibit. In an attempt to make everyone feel welcome and be able to make things clear, many schools and colleges have incorporated the use of closed captions so that guests who have difficulty hearing can fully understand the dialogues of the play.

Technology is rapidly increasing and shaping the world into a better place. From the looks of the current situation of the world, it will not take mankind to find many more uses of closed captioning. The rate of progress will only keep rising and will make way for new technology to arise and newer ways to incorporate closed captioning to further aid the less fortunate individuals of the world.

This Closed Caption Decoder Review is Written/Updated on Jul 29th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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