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Google accomodates the deaf community

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Journeyman

Google accomodates the deaf community

Google makes accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing communities, whereas Netflix and Blockbuster have left us behind.

The new price model adopted by Netflix requires that users pay twice for closed caption capability. Users are required to sign up for the streaming service and then pay for the DVD by mail program if they want closed caption capability - Netflix's streaming service doesn't offer closed caption capabilities. Blockbuster doesn't offer closed caption capability in their streaming service either and neither company was able to provide a time line of compliance.

Closed captioning: the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it. Closed captions, similar to subtitles, typically show a transcription of the audio portion of a program as it occurs (either verbatim or in edited form), sometimes including non-speech elements.

Google, however, is working to provide closed captions in the movies offered in the Android market. I recently emailed the android market team to inquire about closed captioned movies and received this email in response:

"Hi Ian,

Thanks for writing in today, Currently, closed captioning is available on
a limited number of movies. Accessibility of our products is extremely
important at Google, so we're working hard to expand our closed captioning
offerings, and make it easier to search for them on Android Market.

In the meantime, here's a list of the movies that have closed captioning.
Note that movie availability is subject to change at any time.

  • Aag
  • Aag (1994)
  • Aah
  • Aaj Aur Kal
  • Aaja Nachle
  • Aangaaray
  • Aankhen
  • Aao Pyar Karen
  • Ab Dilli Dur Nahi
  • Accepted
  • Adhurs
  • Alaap
  • American Pie
  • Anamika
  • Anand Aur Anand
  • Anarkali
  • Andar Baahar
  • Ankahee
  • Apollo 13
  • Army of Darkness
  • Around The World
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • Atonement
  • Awaara
  • Awara
  • Awwal Number
  • Baaz - A Bird In Danger
  • Bachna Ae Haseeno
  • Backdraft
  • Bad Boys
  • Badla
  • Badmaash Company
  • Bal Ganesh 1
  • Bal Ganesh 2
  • Balls of Fury
  • Band Baaja Baaraat
  • Band Baaja Baaraat
  • Banphool
  • Barsaat
  • Bass Ackwards
  • Bawarchi
  • Benaam
  • Benaam Badshah
  • Bewafa Se Wafa
  • Bhabhi
  • Bhanwar
  • Bheja Fry 2
  • Bhoot
  • Billy Elliot
  • Billy Madison
  • Biradari
  • Biwi O Biwi
  • Black Holes: the Other Side of Infinity
  • Black Mail
  • Bluff Master
  • Bobby
  • Bombai Ka Babu
  • Boot Polish
  • Brindavanam full movie HD - Jr NTR kajal Agarwal And Samanta
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Bunty Aur Babli
  • Caption Test - FtVid
  • Caravan
  • Carlito's Way
  • Casino
  • Chak De India
  • Chak De India
  • Champion
  • Chand Ka Tukda
  • Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang
  • Chhalia
  • Children of Invention
  • Children of Men
  • Chirag
  • Chor Machaye Shor
  • Chor Mandli
  • Curious George
  • Daasi
  • Dance Dance
  • Dancer
  • Dariya Dil
  • Darr
  • Dashavatar
  • Daulat
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin
  • Deewana Mujh Sa Nahin
  • Deewana Tere Naam Ka
  • Deewangee
  • Des Pardesh
  • Devta
  • Dhamaal
  • Dharam Karam
  • Dhoom
  • Dhoom 2
  • Dil
  • Dil Bole Hadippa!
  • Dil Deke Dekho
  • Dil To Pagal Hai
  • Dil To Pagal Hai
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  • Disco Dancer
  • Do Anjaane
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Dogville
  • Doli Saja Ke Rakhna
  • Don
  • Doom
  • Doosara Aadmi
  • Dostana
  • Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Dulaara
  • Ek Chadar Maili Si
  • Ek Musafir Ek Hasina
  • Ekka Raja Rani
  • Elizabeth
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • F.A.L.T.U.
  • Faasle
  • Fanaa
  • Fanaa
  • Field of Dreams
  • Fletch
  • Fool N Final
  • For Love of the Game
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Gair Kanooni
  • Gauri
  • Ghar Ek Mandir
  • Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani
  • Ghar Sansar
  • Gharana
  • Ghatothkach
  • Golmaal
  • Guide
  • Gumnaam
  • Half Baked
  • Half Ticket
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Hare Rama Hare Krishna
  • Heer Ranjha
  • Heera Panna
  • Henna
  • Hera Pheri (1976)
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hum Hai kamal Ke
  • Hum Hindustani
  • Hum Naujawan
  • Hum Tum
  • Humse Badhkar Kaun
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  • Ilzaam
  • In Good Company
  • Inside Man
  • International Crook
  • Ishk Ishk Ishk
  • Ishqiya
  • Isi Ka Naam Zindagi
  • Jaal The Trap
  • Jaan Ki Baazi
  • Jaaneman
  • Jab Jab Phool Khile
  • Jagte Raho
  • Jai Vikraanta
  • Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni
  • Jamai Raja
  • Janani
  • Jarhead
  • Jeeva
  • Jewel Thief
  • Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
  • Joroo Ka Ghulam
  • Julie
  • Kaajal
  • Kaala Patthar
  • Kaalia
  • Kabhi Kabhie
  • Kabul Express
  • Kal Aaj Aur Kal
  • Kanhaiya
  • Karma
  • Karz Chukana Hai
  • Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki
  • Khoon Ki Pukar
  • Khota Paisa
  • Khubsoorat
  • Khuda Gawah
  • Khwahish
  • kick
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • Kis Kis Ki Kismat
  • Kismat (1995)
  • Kissi Se Na Kehna
  • Knocked Up
  • Kroadh
  • Krodhi
  • Kuchh Mitha Ho Jaye
  • Kudrat
  • Laaga Chunari Mein Daag - A Journey of a Woman
  • Ladies Tailor
  • Lafange
  • Lafangey Parindey
  • Lamhe
  • Leader
  • Liar Liar
  • Loafer
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Locket
  • Lootmar
  • Lorenzo's Oil
  • Lorie
  • Love In Simla
  • Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega
  • LUV Ka The End
  • Maha Badmaash
  • Mahaadev
  • Mahaan
  • Main Solah Baras Ki
  • Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki
  • Makdee
  • Mallanna Full Movie HD Quality -  with English Subtitles - Vikram & Shreya
  • Mangal Pandey
  • Manorama Six Feet Under
  • Maryada Ramanna
  • Mashaal
  • Mastana
  • Maun
  • Maximum Acceptable Metadata - Trailer
  • Meera
  • Mera Naam Joker
  • Mere Baap Pehle Aap
  • Mere Huzoor
  • Mere Jeevan Saathi
  • Meri Jung
  • Miami Vice
  • Mili
  • Mohabbatein
  • Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
  • MP3 - Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar
  • Mughal-E-Azam
  • Mughal-E-Azam (Col)
  • Mujhse Dosti Karoge
  • Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
  • Munimji
  • Nagina
  • Namak Halaal
  • Namak Haraam
  • Naqab
  • Nastik
  • National Lampoon's Animal House
  • Nauker
  • Naya Daur (Col)
  • Nazrana
  • Neal 'N' Nikki
  • Neel Kamal
  • Nehlle Pe Dehlla
  • New York
  • Nigahen
  • Notting Hill
  • One Too Many Mornings
  • Orange
  • OSHO Dynamic Meditation
  • OSHO: Allow Silence to Grow
  • OSHO: And Now the Sutra  - A Zen Experience
  • OSHO: Bravo America - Glimpses of a Cosmopolitan World
  • OSHO: Bringing Up Children
  • OSHO: Chakras - The Energy Centers of the Body
  • OSHO: Crimes Against Humanity, Nature, Environment...
  • OSHO: Every Human Being Is a Seeker of Truth
  • OSHO: I Don't Want to Be Respectable
  • OSHO: I Dreamt I Had Become a Butterfly
  • OSHO: I Respect Money
  • OSHO: Jesus Never Died on the Cross
  • OSHO: Joined into One Existence
  • OSHO: Life Does Not Exist as Separate Islands
  • OSHO: Life Is a Deep Interdependence
  • OSHO: Life Is a Mystery to Be Lived
  • OSHO: Love and Hate - Just Two Sides of the Same Coin
  • OSHO: Make Your Belly Your Best Friend
  • OSHO: Meditation - a Dancing Silence
  • OSHO: Meditation - the Most Valuable Contribution
  • OSHO: Men-Women - The Psychology of Frustration
  • OSHO: My Teaching is Not for Pleasure
  • OSHO: One on One With Osho
  • OSHO: Only this Earth Has Flowers
  • OSHO: Our Mother the Earth
  • OSHO: Rebellion and Reverence for Life
  • OSHO: Rediscovering Your Joyful Self
  • OSHO: Spiritual Growth and Enlightenment
  • OSHO: Ten Bulls of Zen
  • OSHO: The Fear of Intimacy
  • OSHO: The Fear of Knowing Oneself
  • OSHO: The Fear of the Unknown
  • OSHO: The Three Stages of Love
  • OSHO: The Ultimate Challenge - Choosing Life
  • OSHO: The World Is Just a Playground
  • OSHO: There Is No God, But I Have Found Something...
  • OSHO: This Beautiful Planet
  • OSHO: What Do You Say About Meditation?
  • OSHO: What Is More Important: To Be Thyself or...?
  • OSHO: What Is the Problem if the World Ends?
  • OSHO: Why Is Communication So Difficult?
  • OSHO: Will and Desire
  • OSHO: World of Words
  • OSHO: You Are In Prison and You Think You Are Free
  • OSHO: You Are the World
  • OSHO: Your Children Are Not Your Children
  • OSHO: Zen Was Born in Laughter
  • Out Of Africa
  • Pakeezah
  • Pangaa Gang
  • Parvarish
  • Pehli Sher Doosri Savaasher Navra Paavsher - subtitled
  • Pokiri
  • Ponga Pandit
  • Prem Pratigyaa
  • Prem Pujari
  • Prem Rog
  • Psycho
  • Pyaar Impossible
  • Pyar Hi Pyar
  • Pyar Ki Jeet
  • Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  • Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
  • Rafoo Chakkar
  • Ragada - 2011
  • Raja Babu
  • Raja Saab
  • Rajaji
  • Rajkumar
  • Ram Teri Ganga Maili
  • Rama Rama Krishna Krishna
  • Rangam
  • Raqeeb .. Rivals In Love
  • Ravan Ek Mahayoddha
  • Rocket ***** - Salesman Of The Year
  • Saath Saath
  • Sachche Ka Bolbala
  • Sachha Jhutha
  • Sadma
  • Sainik
  • Saints and Soldiers
  • Salaam Namaste
  • Salma Pe Dil Aagaya
  • Samay Ki Dhara
  • Samrat Chandragupt
  • Sanam
  • Sanam Bewafa
  • Sanam Teri Kasam
  • Sangam
  • Sapnay
  • Sapoot
  • Satyam Shivam Sundaram
  • Satyamev Jayate
  • Sau Crore
  • Scarface
  • Shadow
  • Shakthi
  • Shareef Budmaash
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Shiva
  • Shiva Ka Insaaf
  • Shool
  • Shree 420
  • Simha
  • Sindoor
  • Sister Street Fighter
  • Slap Shot
  • Smokin' Aces
  • Staying Alive
  • Swami Dada
  • Swarg
  • Ta Ra Rum Pum
  • Tarzan
  • Tashan
  • Teesri Kasam
  • Tejaa
  • Testing: Andy reads some news ppw
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Blues Brothers
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Break-Up
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Good Shepherd
  • The Great Gambler
  • The Hulk
  • The Interpreter
  • The Jackal
  • The Legend Of Devi Durga
  • The Skulls
  • The Sting
  • The Wiz
  • Thirst
  • Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic
  • Tum Mere Ho
  • U-571
  • Udhaar Ki Zindagi
  • Umar Pachpan Ki Dil Bachpan Ka
  • Vansh
  • Veer-Zaara
  • Veerta
  • Waqt Ki Awaz
  • Waterworld
  • Weird Science
  • Wild Child
  • Yamudu
  • Yatra
  • You, Me and Dupree
  • Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota
  • Zakhmee
  • Zakhmi Aurat
  • Zindagi Zindagi
  • Zulm Ki Zanjeer
  • Zulmi

If I can assist you further, please let me know.

Cheers,

Coty
The Android Market Team
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Not only is Google working on making more movies accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing communities, they freely provide a list of currently  captioned movies when asked.

I love it when companies lead by example. Thank you, Google!

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Journeyman

Re: Google accomodates the deaf community

I'm hard of hearing and find closed captions VERY helpful.  In a quiet room I can follow a conversation just fine, but most movies have very loud sound effects that make it difficult for me to follow the dialog.  I mostly view movies at home rather than in cinemas, precisely because DVDs have captions.

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