kc8pql wrote:Note that subtitles and closed captioning aren't the same thing. Subtitles are text in a language other than the one on the audio track of the film. Netflix does subtitles in English for foreign language films. Closed captioning is a service for the hearing impaired that can be turned on by the viewer if needed. Netflix, or any other streaming service I know of, can't do that.
jinj wrote:Netflix could create a flag where you can make closed captioning always displayed for your account. Then they could put the captioning in the video stream.
kc8pql wrote:jinj wrote:Netflix could create a flag where you can make closed captioning always displayed for your account. Then they could put the captioning in the video stream.
Netflix doesn't subtitle anything themselves. They simply encode the material made available to them by the various content providers that they contract with. If the source is already subtitled, the encode is subtitled. If it's not, Netflix can't add it. And again, closed captioning isn't available for streaming.
Here's a link to the Netflix Blog that explains how the encoding works and what source material they are allowed to use.
Neil Hunt, Netflix Chief Product Officer, wrote:I would expect to deliver subtitles or captions to Silverlight clients sometime in 2010, and roll the same technology out to each CE device as we are able to migrate the technology... (emphasis added)