Leah Eskin

NBC provides closed-caption Olympic coverage

The Olympic torch will blaze through U.S. living rooms next month trailing a string of white-on-black type. For the first time, viewers who own closed-caption decoders will be able to switch from sound to subtitles for the entire two-week sports extravaganza on NBC (the three pay-per-view channels showing the Games won’t be closed-captioned). This isn’t good news just for the 20 million Americans who are hearing-impaired. In fact, nearly half the people who buy decoders-available at electronics stores for about $180 — have normal hearing.

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