CBS Television Distribution Syndication Bible
This information is subject to change and was last updated 03/16/09.
As of January 1, 1998, regulations created by the FCC governing the use of closed captioning of television programming went into effect. Following is a very brief explanation of how those rules will work, based on September 17, 1998 FCC rule revisions. A complete set of guidelines can be found at the FCC website:
Two areas of programming are defined in the regs: New Programming and Old (pre reg) Programming. Some programming, such as commercials of 5 minutes duration or less, is considered exempt.
1) NEW PROGRAMMING: This is all programming with a first telecast date of January 1, 1998 and after. At the end of an 8 year phase-in period, 100% of all non-exempt new programming product must be closed captioned. The phase-in is benchmarked so that 25% of programming is captioned by 2000, 50% by 2002, 75% by 2004 and 95% by 2006. The formal regs state this in number of hours per quarter, but these percentages will give you a good idea of what the FCC expects of the broadcasters.
2) PRE REG/OLD PROGRAMMING: This is all programming that has aired before January 1, 1998. At the end of a 10 year period, 75% of all old programming must be captioned. Commencing January 1, 2003, 30% of non-exempt old programming must be captioned. The FCC also expects that there will be a steady incremental increase in the availability of older product with captioning and will monitor the industry’s progress. As of January 1, 2008, and thereafter, 75% of the programming distributor’s pre-rule nonexempt video programming being distributed and exhibited on each channel during each calendar quarter must be provided with closed captioning.
The individual features and series title pages have detailed information about closed captioning. All barter feature packages are closed captioned, as are most of the more recent cash feature packages. Following is a list of current syndication series (cash & barter) that are closed captioned. Series that are not currently in syndication are also included, but the list is not comprehensive.
BONANZA (260 episode package only)
THE BRADY BUNCH
EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND
FRIDAY THE 13TH – THE SERIES
THE FUGTIVE (Season 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)
GUNS OF WILL SONNETT
GUNSMOKE (226 color episodes only)
HALF & HALF
HAWAII FIVE-O (209 digital versions only)
(NEW) HONEYMOONERS LOST EPISODES
I LOVE LUCY (TV Short Versions only)
JUDGE JOE BROWN
JUDGE MILLS LANE
LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH & FAMOUS
LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
THE LITTLE RASCALS
LOVE AMERICAN STYLE
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Now all seasons. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)
MORK & MINDY
MY THREE SONS (In Progress, Seasons 6 – 10 only)
ONE ON ONE
ONE STEP BEYOND
QUEEN OF SWORDS
SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
STAR TREK: VOYAGER
STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO (Currently Seasons 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)
THE UNTOUCHABLES (Currently Seasons 1 & 2. Check for Book & Dub inventory.)
WE LOVE LUCY
WILD WILD WEST