SNA introduces live closed-captioning

Sky News Arabia has introduced live, fully automated Arabic closed-captioning to air
Adam Sutherland, CEO of AppTek.
Adam Sutherland, CEO of AppTek.


The broadcaster achieved this milestone by working with AppTek, a US-based company that specialises in human language technology.

The initiative represents the first time an Arabic-language news broadcaster has provided live closed-captioning to its broadcasts.

By implementing AppTek’s fully automated captioning appliance into its existing broadcast solutions, Sky News Arabia committed to support complete access to its programming across the region.

“It is our pleasure to offer access to our award-winning content for all environments,” said Dave Mace, head of projects and future technology, Sky News Arabia. “By integrating AppTek’s Arabic Closed Captioning solution into our workflow, we can reliably and affordably expand our audience.”

Adam Sutherland, CEO of AppTek, added: “AppTek is very proud to partner with Sky News Arabia. This is a perfect example of how our automated speech recognition solutions can solve real-world business challenges for media companies and others,” stated “Expanding access to quality content is a wonderful reward for our decades of R&D.”

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