Continental Airlines to offer Closed Captioning on LiveTV


Earlier this month, Academy award-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin tweeted the following:

“On Continental and they have DirecTV. DirecTV has captions on my TV at home but NONE here. Come on! What will it take? PLS RT”

Marlee makes a good point. Why isn’t closed captioning (CC) available on LiveTV’s newest generation LTV3 system, which is being fitted to Continental’s Boeing domestic fleet?

The answer is that CC is coming to Continental!

LiveTV director of product development Scott Easterling tells RWG: “We are working closely with DirecTV on this to ensure the in-flight version of CC is consistent with their in-home experience. We plan to have the entire LTV3 fleet equipped with CC in the first half of 2011. We are very excited about this feature.”

He adds: “The technology is advancing and in the case of CC, it translates to a great user experience.”

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(Photo above of LTV3 taken by my sister Angela, who loved watching 90 channels of live television on her Continental flight to Texas.)

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2 Responses to Continental Airlines to offer Closed Captioning on LiveTV

  1. Kenny DeHaan April 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    This is excellent! A stepping stone ahead to getting captions on every flight. I hope that other Airlines will look at Continental and follow. Kudos to you and Marlee.

    I am the founder of “Require Subtitles On All Airline Carriers” Group( Perhaps you could write about this or help us with the publicity, spread the word. The more publicity and signatures we can get, the more chance we have! We are sponsored by Association for Airline Passenger Rights ( AAPR is pushing Department of Transportation (DOT) to require subtitles on all flights.

    Sign the petition here (will be sent to DOT when we get enough signatures)-

  2. Sean April 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Kudos to Marlee Matlin! Now, my flights will be more (lotta more) pleasant once it is available in every airplanes.