The new accessibility rules apply to equipment designed to receive or play back video programming, and manufactured or leased on or after December 20, 2016. For example, television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides must be accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. There are also requirements for simple and easy-to-use ways to activate closed captioning and video description.
The Public Notice also explains the process for filing complaints related to these accessibility requirements.
A fact sheet summarizing the accessibility requirements for television and set-top box controls, menus, and program guides, as well as how to file a complaint, is available on the FCC’s website at https://www.fcc.gov/television-and-set-top-box-controls-menus-program-guides-factsheet.
Links to the Public Notice:
For more information about this Public Notice, contact Will Schell, Disability Rights Office, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, at (202) 418-0767 or Will.Schell@fcc.gov. For those using videophones and fluent in American Sign Language, you may call the ASL Consumer Support Line at (844) 432-2275.