Full-length video programming produced for broadcast must by law contain closed captions even when posted online. If using an online video that recently aired for broadcast, please check for availability of closed captions.

  • Broadcast news sites are required by law to offer captioned videos clips taken from their broadcast feed. Here is a survey of news services indicating which consistently provide closed captions: Survey of News Sources for Captioning (click on the "News Source Survey" tab)
  • YouTube has a filter to sort for search results with captions.
    • On YouTube's search results page, click the "Filters" button at the top of the results list.
    • Under the "Features" column, choose "Subtitles/CC". Now your search results should have captions.
    • Please note: YouTube’s “English (auto-generated)” captions are not sufficient for providing equal access. Look instead for “English” in the list of languages. These are captions uploaded by the user instead of generated by voice recognition software.
  • TED Talks offer a wide variety of subtitles tracks on their site. The TED Talks YouTube channel may not always have captions, so go to the TED site to find the captioned version.
    • TEDx Talks often do not have captions.
  • Kanopy, LinkedIn Learning, and AlexanderStreet ( available through JMU Libraries) are sites streaming full length educational and documentary programs that are captioned.
  • If you pay for Hulu, Amazon Prime or Netflix, full-length television episodes and films are captioned.
  • PBS offers captioned clips of programs for any user. Captioned full-length programming can be accessed if you are a member.
  • Amara.org is a crowd source captioning site for online videos from YouTube and Vimeo. You can  browse for already captioned videos.


modified from the University of Georgia Disability Resources Center

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