Archive for July, 2007

Theatre to add captions

July 26, 2007

If Scott Simser wasn’t a movie buff before, he sure is one now.

Mr. Simser, who is deaf, was jubilant after a settlement was announced yesterday by the Ontario Human Rights Commission that will put captioning technology in more theatres across the province.

Major movie exhibitors – Alliance Atlantis, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Rainbow Centre Cinemas – have agreed to offer captioning technology in 19 theatres across Ontario, resolving a complaint from Mr. Simser and two other hearing-impaired individuals who argued their rights were compromised by the shortage of accommodation for hearing-impaired people in Ontario cinemas.

“I am thrilled to have all us three complainants … secure an important human rights victory that assure that the deaf and hard of hearing enjoy entertainment along with all our families and friends,” Mr. Simser said.

Mr. Simser lodged his complaint with the commission following his frustration after a screening of the James Bond film The World is Not Enough in February, 2000.

He soon found kindred spirits in Gary Malkowski and Nancy Barker, who had also filed independent complaints, and they decided to fight together.

According to yesterday’s agreement, 19 theatre complexes across Ontario will have the captioning technology by the end of 2008, and it will be a required feature for every new cinema built between 2009 and 2013.


ClipBlast! Expands Automated Web Video Indexing System, Developed to Build World’s Largest Index of Video Online

Announced at iHollywood Search and Media, Company Anticipates Tens of Millions of New Clips Coming Online within Next 90 Days

iHollywood Search and Media 2007

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amid explosive growth of the Video Web, ClipBlast! (, the premier Web-wide video search and navigation platform, today announced that it has expanded its automated web video indexing system, created to build the world’s largest index of video online.

ClipBlast! made the announcement at Search and Media (, iHollywood Forum’s conference on media, entertainment and search engines. ClipBlast! is a bronze sponsor, and Gary Baker, ClipBlast! founder and CEO, is speaking as part of the “TV & Video Search – The Killer Application” panel on July 19.

The ClipBlast! Web Video Indexing System automatically recognizes content providers, accurately parsing new video metadata – published data from video provider and multiple other sources, speech-to-text translation, closed captioning, images, and the like – thereby creating the world’s largest index for video search.

“The Video Web is growing so rapidly that unprecedented levels of intelligent automation are absolutely essential to organizing it all,” Baker said. “We expect literally tens of millions of new clips to come online over the next 60-90 days. ClipBlast!’s expanded system automatically crawls the web to detect discreet video, video content providers and video feeds. And we see demand for online video only increasing – exponentially.”

ClipBlast!’s Video Navigator™ interface is the first Web video technology engineered according to how people actually interact with video online, helping viewers browse, search and personalize the video they want, when they want it.

ClipBlast!’s patent-pending processes and technology continuously crawl the Video Web. As a result, ClipBlast! indexes more content providers than any other video search engine.

About ClipBlast!

Founded in 2004, ClipBlast! provides pioneering Web-wide video search that uses patent-pending technology to continuously update the largest index of video content across the Internet. ClipBlast!’s fast, easy interface gives users instant access to millions of quality, highly relevant, targeted video clips from the world’s major media brands, independent producers and individuals – video that informs, enlightens, inspires and entertains. The company is based in Agoura Hills, Calif. To learn more, visit

Apple rocks the cat box with synchronized lyrics patent application – Ars Technica

Apple rocks the cat box with synchronized lyrics patent application
Ars Technica, MA – 2 hours ago
Closed captioning would let iPods reach a somewhat wider audiene, and subtitles would be handy for foreign language content, foreign films,