The truth about Netflix‘s recent lack of captions has been revealed. And thank goodness. Lipreading Mom was about to permanently cancel her trial subscription.
According to Mike Chapman, a volunteer advocate with the Collaboration for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC), Netflix’s captioning system went “haywire” over the past week. CCAC has partnered with me on the Lipreading Mom Internet Captions Campaign.
“Close to HALF of the captioned data—over 1 million minutes of accessible programming—jumped down to approximately 500,000 (minutes) in a few days,” Chapman says of Netflix. Some programming was “no longer listed as captioned and, as a result, previously available captioning data could not be accessed by any Netflix application.”
These applications, including third-party Websites Philixie and InstantWatcher, display lists of Netflix’s captioned programming. Chapman and other sources with CCAC weren’t sure what caused the loss of captioned data.
The good news: Previously captioned Netflix data is slowly starting to be accessible again, with numbers currently back in the 650,000 minutes range, Chapman says.
The bad news: Netflix hasn’t revealed why captions disappeared.
To read more about Lipreading Mom’s investigation of Netflix captioning, visit the Lipreading Mom Internet Captions Campaign page.