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 and Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019.
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-1990s, 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.
For more information on closed-captioning, call the CBS Captioning and Video Description Department at (212) 975-7917.
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.
Since 2002, CBS has continuously and voluntarily provided video description. In 2012 the FCC reinstated regulations which mandated that CBS, and certain other broadcasters provide video described programming. 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.
On July 1, 2018, the FCC further increased the required amount of video described programming from 50 hours per calendar quarter (about 4 hours per week) up to 87.5 hours per calendar quarter (about 7 hours per week). CBS voluntarily exceeds this requirement with over 100 hours of video described programming on CBS per calendar quarter.
During the 2018/2019 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
YOUNG SHELDON (new add)
“THE CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC!” FCC educational/informational compliant programming:
DR. CHRIS PET VET
THE HENRY FORD’S INNOVATION NATION
HOPE IN THE WILD
PET VET DREAM TEAM
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 video description, call the CBS Captioning and Video Description Department at (212) 975-7917.