Hi all, I apologize if this was already sent, but if not, one important item it contains is a link to a site which is supposed to provide instructions on how to operate set-top boxes etc. in order to obtain SAP (the audio description) when available. Chip Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 9:52 PM Subject: [fcb-l] ALERT!--Coming Soon to a TV Near You! AFB DirectConnect Letterhead ALERT!--Coming Soon to a TV Near You! July 1st Starts New Era in Described Programming: See If Your Favorite Shows are on the List! For further information, contact: Mark Richert, Esq. Director, Public Policy, AFB (202) 469-6833 MRichert@xxxxxxx Beginning Sunday, July 1, the landmark provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) requiring the nation's leading networks to provide a combined total of at least 450 hours of described video programming per calendar quarter will come to life. Consumers are encouraged to begin asking their local broadcast stations and cable providers about accessing the described programming to be provided. In addition, given that information about which programs are to be described and the means for accessing description can sometimes be difficult to obtain, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently launched a web resource to help consumers navigate program choices, the technical means for accessing description via digital TV and/or cable set top box, and the FCC's complaint process for consumers to use to resolve network, station, or cable provider failure to put described programming in consumers' hands. Visit the FCC's web resource at: http://www.fccgov/encyclopedia/video-description An independent but more memorable web address can also be used to be directed to the FCC's site; this more user friendly address is: http://www.VideoDescription.info Congratulations to the many advocates and organizations who have labored so long for this historic expantion of TV programming accessibility. Our community's achievement in this area is an integral part of our ongoing effort to ensure that people with vision loss of all ages can enjoy full participation in American life. Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.