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“When Available”: Closed Captioning in iTunes

6 September 2007

“With iTunes 7.4…[y]ou can now also play purchased videos with closed captioning (when available)…”

So! This is cool. Sort of. Of course, none of the videos in the iTunes store up until now has been captioned, so nothing you’ve bought in the past would apply. I’d love to see a press release about the plans for captioned video, though.

Also, it only applies to ‘purchased videos’…so, hmmm. Gonna have to find out some more information about this. I already rip my DVDs with captions open (in Handbrake), so that’s not a problem. But come on. If the HDTV over-the-air signal can handle the scant extra bandwidth captions require, surely broadband can.

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