Democrats Choose Alderson and TV Worldwide for Accessible 2004 Convention Web Video Streaming to Include All Americans
Live Broadcast will begin each day at 3:45PM ET
"Webcapting(SM)" Capability Will Allow Captioned Video Streaming of Convention Activities and Interaction With Disabled Participants on TV Worldwide's AT508.com Internet TV Channel (www.AT508.com)
TV Worldwide.com Inc., Alderson Reporting, Inc., and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced a strategic alliance that will enable people with disabilities to participate in the 2004 Democratic Convention through interactive open-captioned video streaming on TV Worldwide's Internet TV Channel for the disability community, AT508.com (www.AT508.com). The joint venture employs the technique developed by TV Worldwide known as "Webcapting(SM)" to caption a live video streaming signal of convention activities on both the DNC home internet website www.dnc.org and at AT508.com on the TVWorldwide.com network. During breaks in convention activities, the AT508.com and TVWorldwide.com team will provide coverage and commentary from the perspective of the disability community in an interactive format through chatrooms and e-mail.
The TV Worldwide reporting team will feature world-renowned disability columnist John Williams covering the convention from the perspective of the community of people with disabilities, just as he's done for other disability conventions and assistive technology shows worldwide, including TASH, ATIA, CSUN and CEC. "I am pleased to assist in making the Democratic Convention accessible to over 54 million Americans with disabilities," stated Williams.
Becky Ogle, Senior Advisor on Disability for the Democratic National Committee, remarked, "We are proud that the 2004 Democratic National Convention will be the most technologically accessible convention. The open captioned video streaming will enable persons with hearing disabilities to participate real-time during the entire convention." And Ogle also noted, "As with most universal design, access to people with disabilities will open doors to other populations, such as persons whose first language is other than English, another important constituency for the Kerry-Edwards team."
To insure quality and accuracy, captions used during the broadcast will originate directly from the real-time feed of the proceedings prepared by Alderson Reporting Company. Both Democrats and Republicans have chosen Alderson to provide the official transcripts of their conventions for more than 50 years, and the company now plays an important role in providing Internet content and access.
Alderson Reporting Company President Rose Ann Sharp said, "In the same way that the Americans with Disabilities Act opened the doors of many offices to the disabled and allowed them to join the workforce, webcapting is opening the doors for the disabled to the office of the future. That is because the office of the future will be on the Internet -- not in a building made of bricks and mortar."
As Alderson Reporting transcribes the Democratic Convention proceedings, engineers from TVWorldwide.com will "webcapt(SM)" the broadcast for disabled participants. The Alderson/TV Worldwide team also provided "webcapting(SM)" for the 2000 Democratic Convention, live from Los Angeles.
"We are pleased once again to have been selected for this live webcast and we are preparing technically to support huge participation from the community of people with disabilities," commented Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TVWorldwide.com. "It's events like this that make AT508.com one of our most popular Internet TV channels."
About TV Worldwide
As a leading global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) is developing a network of video channels that is an affiliation of community-based Internet television stations, each underwritten by a strategic partner, "aimcasting(SM)" to targeted demographic audiences worldwide. TVWorldwide.com works with strategic partners to develop the latest in live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications. . TVWorldwide.com was recently named one of the streaming video industry's "Hottest Streaming Companies" by Streaming Magazine, www.streamingmagazine.com, and CEO Dave Gardy was honored by the magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy also serves as President of the International Webcasting Association.
TVWorldwide's AT508.com Internet TV channel was launched in October 2002 at the World Congress on Disabilities in Orlando, Florida, featuring world-renowned disability columnist John Williams covering the latest in assistive technology and Section 508 news and since then has webcast the TASH, ATIA, CSUN and CEC events for the community of people with disabilities. AT508.com features articles and videos on the latest in assistive technology products, services and issues. During industry trade shows, AT508.com highlights keynotes, presentations and interviews with exhibitors and speakers. AT508.com events are webcast live and archived in fully accessible format using the captioned video streaming of TVWorldwide.com's "webcapting"(SM) process. AT508.com channel sponsors include The Paciello Group, the Council for Exceptional Children, HP, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Corda, Deque, Audio Eye, Sighted Electronics Freedom Vision and Vcom3D.
If you can’t be present, you can view the 2004 Democratic Convention live webcast at www.tvworldwide.com. Contact 703-961-9250 x229, or email for technical questions regarding the webcast. Please make sure to test your video player prior to the webcasts using the links on the right hand column below.
The event will be archived for a full year for viewing at www.tvworldwide.com and www.at508.com. Participants should have the free Windows Media Player installed to view the event.