The FCC reminded multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) this week of their upcoming obligation to pass through a secondary audio stream containing audible emergency information when they permit subscribers to access linear programming on second screen devices over their network as part of their video services. The deadline for compliance is July 10.
Providing emergency information aurally on the secondary audio steam enables viewers who are blind or visually impaired to access the same emergency information that is presented visually. The Commission notes each provider must ensure any application or plug-in it offers to consumers to access linear programming (i.e., programming that is prescheduled by the provider) on tablets, smartphones, laptops, and similar devices over the network as part of its MVPD services is capable of passing through an aural representation of the emergency information on a secondary audio stream.
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