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S

If Hastings hadn't been looking to suck up to Microsoft by using Silverlight they would have had full captions a long time ago...

Meg

What's the deal with the captions not being available if you're streaming via the Roku box? Do the new Rokus get captions? Ours is probably about 5 years old, and though it still works great, I'd buy a new one if that would solve the no-CC problem. (I can hear just fine, but I have a hell of a time understanding thick British and Scottish accents!)

GeeEmm

Not saying that NF isn't committed to eventual captioning on all content, but "80% of the hours streamed" is a far cry from 80% of total streaming titles.

And I absolutely agree that captioning (includes sound effect and musical cues as well as dialogue) and subtitling can be helpful for all viewers - but for the hearing impaired, it is an absolute necessity.

TomFresh

Meg, the new Roku2 models have the ability to use the Netflix subtitles, the older versions did not. I was pretty upset they weren't able to add that or the 1080p streaming through an update and had to buy a new Roku myself. Other than the new remote no longer having the 10 second rewind button the new unit is a good upgrade for sure.

paul

My fear with this lawsuit is that netflix may be forced to reduce the size of its steaming library, to only those titles for which it can legally procure or create captions. Such an outcome would be of no benefit to those who require captions, and would be bad for that great majority of people who do not require captions.

Groggie

While I feel for deaf people... They do have options for having subtitles with everything on Netflix without waiting for Netflix to create subtitles for everything that the content owners don't have subtitles for. They can either use the silverlight debug options to add subtitles on their own (previously reported on hacking netflix), use a browser add-on, or get it on DVD...

moviegeek

Why doesn't Amazon, iTunes and Vudu have CC/subtitles? At least Netflix is making an effort for the hard of hearing.

bigqueue

80% of hours streamed.. That's pretty bogus. If you looked at it from the perspective of those who NEED captions, it would be "100% of hours streamed". So basically, they're just saying that the popular stuff already has captions.

Stevejk

As long as the end result is that Netflix has to update it's 1st gen Roku app, I support the lawsuit.

I see no reason why I should have to buy a brand new 2nd gen Roku JUST so I can get CC on Netflix. I see no reason why the 1st gen Roku can't be updated to display CC.

moviegeek

"As long as the end result is that Netflix has to update it's 1st gen Roku app, I support the lawsuit."

Sue Roku not Netflix, Roku is an independent company and are responsible for their hardware.

It's this mentality that is ruining the US: "I'm a victim so I'm going to sue the company with the most money even if they aren't directly responsible".

Marc

moviegeek quoted, then said:
"As long as the end result is that Netflix has to update it's 1st gen Roku app, I support the lawsuit."

Sue Roku not Netflix, Roku is an independent company and are responsible for their hardware.

Some of us bought our Roku's through a Netflix partnership when Netflix was the ONLY reason (or use) for a Roku.

Yuppers

And when you bought that roku it didn't have any subtitles at [email protected] Marc this is like complaining that your tv doesn't play 3d if you bought it before 3d tvs existed.

Scrivner

I think people who only have vision in one eye should sue providers and distributors of 3D movies.

Lamont

Not only no captions or subtitles on streaming videos, now the Magnolia DVD's being sent out by Netflix have NO captioning or subtitles. What is up with that?

How can Netflix degrade the service quality by offering new DVD's from Magnolia that have no subtitles?

This should be added to the lawsuit as another cause of action; new DVD's should be required to come with subtitles.

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