Accessibility Services

OPB provides the community with a variety of resources and services so that all of our viewers and listeners can enjoy our programming. We are also involved with the Emergency Alert System to keep everyone informed of the latest information related to many types of emergency situations.

Closed Captioning

  • Closed captioning is designed to assist deaf or hearing-impaired people, English Language Learners, young children learning to read and many others by displaying the dialogue or transcript of the audio portion of the program as printed words on the television screen.
  • To determine whether a program is closed captioned, look for the symbol “CC”in the "Find a Program" section on our Web site.
  • You can turn on closed captioning using either a set-top decoder or a caption-ready TV set.
  • Read more about closed captioning on Wikipedia.
  • To report an issue with closed captioning, please do the following:
    • To report an issue with closed captioning, such as closed captioning suddenly stopping or becoming garbled during a captioned program or general questions about closed-captioning requirements for TV programming, please contact Jonathan Edmonds, director of Engineering, Net Center. He can be reached by phone at 503.293.4010; by email using our contact form; by fax at 503.293.4877; or by mail at Oregon Public Broadcasting, 7140 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97219.
    • Note: Phone assistance is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Contacts by e-mail (include "Closed Captioning" in the subject line of your e-mail), fax or mail will be responded to 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

Described Video Information (DVI)

  • Described Video Information is designed to assist people who are blind or visually impaired. In a program with described video, a narrator may describe the setting, identify who is speaking, relay action taking place and provide other relevant information. The description is carefully timed so that it does not interfere with the dialogue or program narration. Some OPB local productions have described video.
  • To determine whether a program has described video, look for the symbol "DVI" in the OPB Member Guide or in the "Find a Program"section on our Web site.
  • You can hear described video through OPB TV's Second Audio Program (SAP) channel. The SAP channel is accessed through a stereo television set or the newer VCRs. Some stereo televisions have a switch that will activate the SAP channel, while other sets and many VCRs have a menu item that will say “Stereo/SAP.” SAP is not available for digital television services such as high-definition television (HDTV).

Accessing the SAP Channel

  1. Check the Table of Contents in your TV or VCR manual for a listing of "Secondary Audio Programs," sometimes listed as SAP or MTS.
  2. Once you have located that information, turn on your TV and tune to OPB.
  3. Follow the directions in your TV manual to access the Secondary Audio Program Channel.

Read more about described video on Wikipedia.