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Turner Broadcasting Integrates Nexidia QC Into Its Closed Captioning and Video Description Workflow

ATLANTA — June 11, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies, today announced that Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. has incorporated Nexidia QC into its workflow to automate quality control of television closed captioning and video descriptions. The tool is used to verify the presence of captions and video descriptions in Turner’s television programs that are required to have closed captioning and/or video descriptions.

“Turner worked closely with Nexidia on the integration of the Nexidia QC product with Turner’s existing systems,” said Ken Brady, senior vice president of media technology and operations at Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “In collaboration with Nexidia, we have created a method to monitor closely our compliance with the FCC’s closed captioning and video description rules, in support of our hearing-impaired and visually impaired consumers. Nexidia QC is in use across Turner’s television networks for both descriptive video and closed caption monitoring, and Turner sees Nexidia QC as an important part of our delivery.”

Nexidia QC software integrates with Turner’s existing workflow to verify the presence of closed captioning and/or video description automatically. Nexidia uses its patented speech analytics technologies to determine the presence of closed captions that match the dialogue in the audio for a television program. It ensures that the right caption file appears against the right program in the right language, and that it is properly timed from ingest to playout and beyond. With respect to video descriptions, Nexidia QC compares a video description track for a television program to the main program audio. Where the video description track matches the main program audio but contains additional audio, Nexidia QC verifies the presence of video descriptions. Nexidia QC returns the results of each verification operation as XML, which then can be used to create specific compliance reports.

“Turner’s implementation of Nexidia QC is a perfect example of how the solution is able to meet the demands of the largest broadcast networks,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Broadcasters with multiple channels and outlets can assure compliance more easily and efficiently than ever before, which not only helps them avoid fines, but just as important, helps them create a higher-quality viewing experience across all platforms.”

More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Nexidia/VideoDescriptionQC.zip
Photo Caption 1: Nexidia QC — Closed Caption QC
Photo Caption 2: Nexidia QC — Video Description QC

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Nexidia/KenBrady.zip
Photo Caption: Ken Brady SVP of Media Technology and Operations at Turner Broadcasting

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