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More shows with closed captioning for the hearing impaired

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“The wind whistles through the willow in front of the house and rattles the shutters. The gravel crunches under the heavy steps coming along the driveway. A doorknob squeaks softly.” These sound experiences are what bring images and narration fully to life. That’s why closed captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing doesn’t just write out spoken text but also describes background noises. It enables the 80,000 hearing impaired people in Germany to take in both dialog and ambient sound.

ProSiebenSat.1 Group continues to add to its roster of closed-captioned programs. In 2015, its stations averaged 245 series, movies, and shows with this feature each month. ProSieben tops the list with 170 programs monthly, including the live finale of Germany’s Next Topmodel – by Heidi Klum. But SAT.1, kabel eins, and ProSieben MAXX also air shows with closed captioning for the hard of hearing. The broadcasting group is a commercial television pioneer in accessible viewing; ProSieben has been offering subtitled programming since 2000. <