Ars Technica reports that Netflix has settled the caption lawsuit with the National Association for the Deaf, and will have all titles captioned by 2014.
The online-streaming giant is already captioning 82 percent of its videos, according to the consent decree [PDF] filed in court yesterday. Now, it's bound to finish its entire library, reaching the 90 percent mark in 2013 and 100 percent by 2014.
The company has also agreed to speedily caption new content. The agreement says that Netflix will put captions on new content within 30 days by 2014; within 14 days by 2015; and within 7 days by 2016, "and shall strive to reach a point at which Conforming Captions are provided simultaneously with launch at all times."
Netflix provides its service on more than 1,000 devices; its captioning service works on most, but not all, of those. The company promises to make "good faith, diligent efforts" to get it working on all devices, but it isn't obligated to get 100% device compatibility.
Netflix will pay $755,000 in legal fees as part of the settlement.
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