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Case Study: FCC Challenges Video Editors to Make Room for Caption Placement

Due to the updated FCC guidelines and standards regarding the quality of captioning, video editors face challenges when it comes to graphic placement during their programs, particularly text-heavy programming such as infomercials.

The new law states the following: Captioning shall be view-able and shall not block other important visual content on the screen, including, but not limited to, character faces, featured text (e.g., weather or other news updates, graphics and credits), and other information that is essential to understanding a program’s content when the closed captioning feature is activated.

In order to avoid potentially getting their show rejected by TV stations, editors have had to work hard and be extra creative so they can allow space for closed captions to be displayed without conflicting with any important visual content. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Closed Captioning for Church Online

The following blog was written by one of our clients, Simon Roberts, from Rock Church San Diego. It originally appeared on his blog at

Since the Rock Church San Diego launched Closed Captioning at the 10am livestream recently, I’ve had several inquiries into how we went about adding this essential feature.

I figured the best way to answer this is simply write about it. So, in what is hopefully the first of many posts regarding church technology projects, let’s begin.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services: Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. Source: Deaf Statistics for USA Continue reading

Voice Dubbing Services at International TV Stations

Have you hit the jackpot with inexpensive or free voice over services at the TV station your program is airing on abroad? When you contact your local voice dubbing provider requesting a quote for voice dubbing services, are you overwhelmed by the rates?

Well don’t be, because it does not reflect the same two services. Continue reading

We love L.A.! …and the Feeling is Mutual

Aberdeen Broadcast Services is honored to confidently proclaim that we have secured our position as a trusted and reliable vendor of captioning and digital file delivery throughout the #2 Designated Market Area in the United States, according to recent estimates by The Nielsen Company. Our AberFast Digital File Delivery is now in place to deliver broadcast-ready long form programming to all of the major stations in Los Angeles market including KCBS (CBS), KNBC (NBC), KTLA (CW), KABC (ABC), and KTTV (FOX).

To what do we attribute our success? Continue reading

The Importance of 4:3 Center-cut Safe

The introduction of high definition television super-sized our television sets from the square look of the 4:3 aspect ratio, to the widescreen 16:9 ratio. If you acquire your content in HD, the natural instinct when shooting HD is to use the entire 16:9 frame for composing your shots.

Not so fast.

Currently, most televisions networks in US markets do broadcast in HD. However, since there are still a significant amount of 4:3 television sets still in use, every one of these HD stations also simultaneously feed SD signals of their of their content to their SD viewers. In fact, the majority of the US viewership is actually watching in SD. This means your cinematic 16:9 content is being down-converted to the 4:3 screen ratio for SD viewers. Continue reading

Being Mindful of Broadcast Down Conversion

Did you know the the majority of the US viewership is actually watching in SD? A recent Nielsen study states that nearly 86 percent of US households own at least one HD television set. However, only 36 percent of these households are actually watching “true HD,” defined as tuned-in to the proper channel for an HD signal with an appropriately connected HD set-top box via HDMI or component cables.

With that in mind, 64 percent of viewers are actually watching television in a SD 4:3 ratio – even on their 16:9 HDTVs. Yes, SD television is still alive and well.

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Aberdeen Broadcast Services at the NAB Show 2015

Audible exhales could be heard throughout the nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit space as the final closing announcement was sent over the loudspeakers of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Some, involuntary gasps of panic from what was left of 103,000 NAB attendees that just realized they didn’t make it successfully through the 4 halls of the convention; and others, sighs of relief from the exhibitors of the 1,700 companies as they realize that the past 31 hours of standing on their feet is over.

That closing message also marked the 7th consecutive year of Aberdeen Broadcast Services exhibiting in the South Lower Hall at the NAB Show. This time, with a new location and a fresh look. As we continue to grow as a company, so does the size of our booth and the gathering of our team.

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Meet the Winner of Our 2015 NAB Trip Giveaway: Chris Cook!

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Closed Captioning in the College Classroom

Advances in technology have shaped and changed modern-day college coursework. Prestigious universities like Harvard and M.I.T. offer numerous educational materials online, via different platforms (YouTube, iTunesU, etc.). These two universities even teamed up to create edX, which offers massive open online courses for free to students around the globe. The only setback? This content is unavailable to approximately 48 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing. Continue reading

Register to Win a Free Trip to NAB 2015 

Yep, we’re doing it again! We’re giving away another free trip to Las Vegas to attend the NAB Show 2015.

1 prize winner to be awarded the following: