Originally Posted by L David Matheny
IANAL, but that sounds bogus to me.
So "captions are like ramps" ...? I don't think the law works by loose analogy. Maybe Netflix should be working diligently to provide the captions for a number of reasons, but I don't think the ADA is applicable. Again, IANAL.
IAAL, but I am not your lawyer, this is not legal advice.
I also happen to be hearing impaired and use subtitles extensively.
The ADA is meant to be construed pretty broadly - HOW stuff happens isn't as important as what RESULTS. It's pretty smart, actually - rather than try to write something to include future changes in technology and what's available and so on, the point is to provide equal access.
That's why a restaurant with a drive-through is equally covered by a board reading back what you've ordered OR a sign saying "deaf/ hard of hearing please pull around for assistance." It's not HOW they make access possible, it's THAT THEY DO, and that they do it without a huge kerfuffle over it. Obviously this is super-duper simplified, but that's the gist.
The point of this isn't so much to say "you don't want to do captions" as it is to say "you need to devote more resources to making it happen on a quicker schedule." It'll settle, and essentially all the NAD wants is for Netflix to make it more of a priority to get captions done. Good press releases all around, yaddayaddayadda.
Personally, I do think more work on subtitles is welcome - it's VERY maddening to find a movie to watch, only to realize it's not subbed yet - even though I know subs EXIST and I've seen them before. This says nothing about Tivo's complete fail of a Netflix client...
DrDon apparently did not like the "mashup" image - I've archived it on different sites and offline now just in case there's some sort of copyright claim or something like that afoot.
Here's what I said originally:
smbaker over at Tivo Community made this great mash-up image of the TV taped together using duct tape, showing the HD interface on one side and the SD interface on the other.
I had included a link to the photo because I couldn't get it to show the picture directly for some reason; clearly DrDon did not like the photo so much that he removed the text entirely. Here's the photo again: