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End Discrimination of Deaf: Caption Bob Ross on Twitch.tv (as required by law)

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From October 29, 2015 to November 6, 2015, Twitch.tv streamed the entirety of Bob Ross' Joy of Painting television show as a marathon.  Afterwards, they decided that the Joy of Painting had received such a welcome among the twitch community that they would run a season of it each Monday.

During these streams, no episodes were captioned or subtitled.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website regarding captioning of internet video, states:

FCC rules cover full-length video programming...

Full-length Internet video programming must be captioned if the programming is shown on TV in the U.S. with captions on or after the following dates:

September 30, 2012, for prerecorded programming that is not "edited for Internet distribution."  "Edited for Internet distribution" means the TV version has been substantially edited.  Examples of substantial edits are deleting scenes or altering musical scores.  Changing the number or duration of commercials is not considered substantial editing.

These episodes fall under the category of "Full Length Internet Video Programming" and are required to be captioned.  Whether the original episodes in the 1980s and 1990s were captioned, PBS still runs captioned episodes of the Joy of Painting show regularly.

The solution is clear: Twitch.tv needs to broadcast their screening of the Joy of Painting with captions in accordance with law.  We need your support not only to make Bob Ross available to deaf and hard of hearing (D/HOH) individuals, but also to ensure that American businesses do not continue to discriminate against D/HOH individuals worldwide.



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