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Ericsson: New live caption platform

Ericsson has unveiled its realtime platform that supports live captioning in various languages for broadcasters around the world using speech-to-text, newsroom integration, and rapid offline content preparation. The live platform makes its IBC debut this
year, and is a key part of Ericsson’s Broadcast and Media Services portfolio following the acquisition of leading media services company Red Bee Media in July.

The schedule-driven software platform, which was developed in-house, uses the best possible speech recognition and stenography technologies to power Ericsson’s live captioning services. It allows multiple captioners to prepare and deliver realtime services for clients while maximising re-use of the caption data after it has been broadcast. The platform is currently being used to deliver live captioning services for major broadcast clients, including the BBC.

Simon Smith, head of Broadcast & Publication Operations at BBC Television, said: “We are already seeing a step change in live subtitling accuracy as a result of using this platform, and we view its ongoing development as a vital tool in delivering ever-greater access to live programs for the BBC’s deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.”