Television has closed captioning and subtitles. But for a new generation, YouTube is the new TV. How do those who are hard of hearing or don't speak English tune in?
YouTube took steps Wednesday to bring those people into its already vast audience of 100 million Web users, taking technologies from its parent company, Google, to broaden the reach of its videos.
By adding automatic closed-captioning, YouTube hopes to make its videos more accessible to the hard of hearing, and those for whom English is a second language.
Here's how it works: www.qik.com.budman
Google Voice, an Internet phone service, already converts voicemail messages into text. Google Translate takes Web content from one language to another.
One Google engineer, Ken Harrenstien, has been working on closed-captioning technologies for YouTube for a while.
Who's behind these new features? YouTube has a lot of interesting characters. Check out my series on what it's like to work at YouTube.