Provide closed captioning for ALL channels, not just affiliate and partner
I like the previously posted idea, but no accessibility features should ever be locked as rewards behind achievements. Folks shouldn’t need to be affiliated or partners to provide captioning to their audiences.
I believe as a user of twitch. Everyone should enjoy the joy, happiness of watching & laughing along with streams and the streamer. Even for the hearing impaired, Auto generated captions should be apart of Twitch's accessibility for every streamer regardless of twitch status! It hurts to know that people who are hearing disabled can't enjoy a great stream like a non-disabled person can. I wish and hope Twitch can make Auto generated captions on all devices for the hearing impaired cuz it would be a blessing to them to know we would love to have them apart of our streams feeling loved & included.
With more and more people coming to sites like Twitch to view gaming, you are also attracting individuals who might not be able to enjoy the full experience. Lately, I have been encountering more and more deaf individuals that are moving FROM Twitch to YOUTUBE because there aren't closed/open captions. I know this is an extension that the streamers have to install and enable, but this is not consistent across the board. Youtube incorporates this in every video and has been successful to them. Whether this feature is needed by every viewer or not, this is something that is somewhat discriminatory towards individuals hard of hearing and incorporating this into every page could make your platform more appealing towards individuals who cannot HEAR the streamer.
Captions should be a universal function, not a plugin or extension left to the streamer's choice. Do better.
People who stream directly from console have no option to have CC's or translations, and there are streamers who have older hardware that can barely stream to a stable degree without the added strain of using that captioner website that needs Chrome.
The fact that accessibility features are locked behind things is just ridiculous. A viewer should have these options available to them regardless of whether the streamer they are watching is unaffiliated/affiliated/partnered - how is this locked to the streamer and their level of achievement?
More accessibility for deaf and foreigners, Twitch needs to add Closed Captions and Translation to every stream. It will be also very beneficial for all streamers, that will allow to everybody understanding any stream in their own language.
Closed Captions & Translation*
Until this is implemented, some resources include:
OBS Studio closed captions third-party plugin: https://github.com/ratwithacompiler/OBS-captions-plugin
Open captions: https://webcaptioner.com/
A link I found: https://sites.google.com/view/livestreamcaptions/
I would like to see Twitch become a more accessible place. One way to do this is to have live closed captions on every video, no matter language or status. Of course, providing official captions is impossible for some channels. To remedy this, I would like to see the implementation of automatic/auto-generated captions. This would resolve the issue for people who do not have a person or software to provide the captions. Then, people could choose between that and whatever official captions the channel provides.
YouTube is starting to provide automatic captioning to channels above 1k subscribers. Facebook already has it. There are even a few third-party OBS Studio plugins which use already made transcribers such as Google and Microsoft text-to-speech: https://github.com/ratwithacompiler/OBS-captions-plugin . It would be great to have it right in the platform instead of some software that not everyone can handle.
It would also be cool to give the already existing extensions a chance to provide closed captions as well. Maybe they could even become a "caption" rather than just an overlay, component, panel and/or mobile extension.
Furthermore, instead of the Closed Captioning Stream Tag, there should be a Closed Captioning Automatic Tag to denote which channels have live closed-captioning. The Closed Captioning Stream Tag could then be replaced with a Captions, to include open and closed captions.
However it may be, adding auto-generated live closed captions to every piece of media would be a great help to those who are unable to hear the audio.
All streamers and watchers need the option to click CLOSED CAPTIONS. Accessibility is an issue too many platforms struggle with. English closed captions, but ideally ALL spoken languages captioned!
It would be really awesome if Twitch could add integrated CC, with a setup guide for how to connect in that's easy to find and follow for streamers, that can be turned off or on similar to how YouTube does it, or allow the viewer to set where they want the CC to be, or have it work like a news ticker just below the video. People using CC should not have to compromise stream quality and game view in the name of accessibility.
This has been one of the best close captioning apps I've seen that uses twitches native close captioning (link at the end of this comment) - however, even using captions on twitch through twitch's own system, we still have to manually add the tag? I wish the tag was added automatically if it recognizes that we are using captions.
I would like to see a future where every stream has captions. Accessibility is needed
If YouTube can provide captions for videos, and Instagram can provide captions, how hard would it be to actually provide live captions or even just more accessiblity for blind or hard of hearing viewers? You removed the tag "blind playthrough" so as not to offend blind viewers, and yet, you do not make streams accessible for them. Instead of virtue signals, how about some actual accommodation?
Just dropping to say this is one we as streamers can be addressing without waiting for Twitch to add more features. There's a great website here: https://sites.google.com/view/livestreamcaptions/home which details various methods of adding computer generated captions. The method I use involves a plugin for OBS, and sends captions to Twitch's integrated caption feature, allowing it to be adjusted through settings for that feature & also leaves captions in the VOD. There is also a Closed Captions tag on Twitch to use after setting one of these options up, which I have gotten feedback from deaf/hard of hearing viewers that they search for streams using the tag.
That said: Still up voting this and would encourage others to do the same because having more, higher quality and easier to implement accessibility options would definitely improve things + lead to more streams with captions. Just wanted to put in about the current third party options so people checking this post can find & implement them in the meantime.
This should not be so difficult. I have spent hours trying to configure CC into my streams. My viewers should not have to struggle to understand my streams. No viewers should. If you're not going to add CC anytime soon, PLEASE create a guide for configuring the overlay for small streamers!
As a deaf streamer & viewer here, I totally agree to this. It should be available to every channels out which should be more accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Yes! This is the one!
Having streamers implement their own closed captioning source means that the majority of streamers out there won't have it or don't know how to implement it.
Integrating Google or Microsoft's speech recognition technology by default could help those hard of hearing enjoy more content.
^^^ This 100%. The point of accessibility is that it is ACCESSIBLE.