October 23, 2021

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Pluto TV will pay $ 3.5 million for violating the FCC Accessibility Rule

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Pluto TV, owned by ViacomCBS, will pay F 3.5 million to settle the FCC investigation, which found that the free, ad-supported video streaming service violated the Commission’s Accessibility Rules.

According to the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, in addition to paying citizen fines, Pluto TV has agreed to enter into a compliance plan to ensure that Pluto includes closed captions in accordance with the rules of non-free video programming agencies streaming over the Internet.

Representatives of Pluto TV and ViacomCBS did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The FCC said the move against Pluto TV was the first compliance decree এবং and the first enforcement action যা related to the caption rule that has been applicable to Internet-based services since the Internet was adopted in 2012. The FCC promises that people with disabilities will be able to access and enjoy streaming services, ”the bureau said in a statement.

The IP-Off Caption rule applies widely to distributors, providers, and owners of Internet-distributed video programming. IP-distributed video programming requires closed captioning and imposes requirements on some programs that accept or play back video programming. Under FCC rules, all full-length video programming streaming on the Internet must be captioned if the programming was previously broadcast on television in the United States with captions (or live programming simulcast on TV with captions).

In the second quarter of 2021, Pluto TV topped the list with 52 million monthly active users worldwide, and revenue grew 19% year-on-year, more than doubling for the fourth consecutive quarter. Watch-time per Pluto TV in the US has increased by 45% per year, ViacomCBS reported.

Pluto TV 201 was bought by Viacom for ড 30 million in early early 2015, before the media group merged with CBS to form ViacomCBS.

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