ViacomCBS And Pluto TV To Pay $3.5 Million Fine To FCC Over Closed Captioning Violations

ViacomCBS and its Pluto TV have agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine to settle violations of rules requiring closed captioning on the streaming service's video programming.
A spokesperson for ViacomCBS did not immediately return a request for comment.
with captions. It also applies to internet streams of TV live programming. The FCC said that the fine and consent decree was the first enforcement action related to closed captioning rules for the internet (read it here). The rules were set out in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, and require that shows streaming over the internet provide closed captioning if it was previously shown on TV in the U.S. Pluto's channels include a host of reruns from broadcast and cable TV.
The FCC said that it first started to receive complaints about Pluto TV in January, 2018.
As a result of Pluto’s actions, individuals with hearing disabilities were unable to access closed captioning when viewing Pluto TV over some Platforms." "The Investigation confirmed that Pluto had failed to comply with the IP Closed Captioning Rules when disseminating Video Programming on some Platforms," the FCC said. "Even after being reminded of its closed captioning obligations, after filing the Petition for Waiver, after receiving the LOI and throughout the Investigation, Pluto continued to offer Pluto TV on existing Platforms and initiated Pluto TV on several new Platforms without being in compliance with the IP Closed Captioning Rules.
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Pluto TV also agreed to enter into a compliance plan to ensure that its video programming includes closed captioning, the FCc said.

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