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Twitch-produced live shows will feature closed captions

Engadget logo Engadget 11/09/2016 Mariella Moon
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Twitch is making its own live broadcasts much friendlier to deaf and hearing-impaired viewers. The live streaming platform's weekly show that airs every Friday, the Kappa Theater panels and all the TwitchCon 2016 events it's streaming later this month will feature closed captions. Even better, Twitch won't be using speech-to-text software that could mangle sentences -- the company has hired human stenographers to type out captions on the fly.

While the stenographers Twitch has hired will only be working on company-produced videos, you can also take advantage of the new feature if you're a broadcaster. It won't be easy, since you'll have to provide the captioned content, but you can check out more details on Twitch's Help Center if you're interested. To note, the caption system is new, but this is more of an expansion than a debut. The AbleGamers Charity team took it for a spin back in August, when they held a weeklong streaming marathon featuring broadcasters with disabilities.


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