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Closed-Captioned Media Will Soon Be Available on Airlines

As early as October 2008, closed-captioned media may be available on U.S. commercial airlines. Due to a collaboration between the IMS Company of California and the WGBH Media Access Group of Boston, portable in-flight entertainment devices can now allow passengers to choose whether or not to view captions. IMS has created portable media players capable of storing electronic text, which can then be synchronized to video and displayed on the screen. WGBH is responsible for the closed captioning of most major studio theatrical motion picture releases and is able to convert these captions into format compatible with the IMS in-flight entertainment devices. This collaboration of IMS and WGBH would be the first development to bring closed-captioning to airline passengers, following an announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2006 requiring all U.S. airlines to provide closed-caption capability on in-flight entertainment.

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