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Closed Captioning at LSC Movies


August 27, 2003

The MIT Lecture Series Committee and the MIT Disability Services Office have recently completed the installation of the DTS-CSS captioning system and the Rear Window(tm) display system. Installed in response to a student inquiry, the system allows hearing-impaired patrons to view closed captions for many of the movies that LSC shows in 26-100.

The Rear Window Captioning System was co-developed by Rufus Butler Seder and the CPB/WGBH National Center for Accessible Media, with funding provided by the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

The system synchronizes captioning data with the digital sound (DTS) timecode on the film. Captions are then displayed in reverse on an LED sign at the rear of the theater. LSC provides adjustable reflectors that clip on to the seats, which hearing-impaired audience members can use to view the captions.

Audience members wishing to use the system can check LSC's online schedule to determine if captions are available for a film and then ask an LSC worker at the show for a reflector. Films featuring captions are indicated with the CC logo.

Please contact us with any questions about the DTS-CSS captioning system.