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CEA Releases Tools to Explore Accessibility Improvements
Arlington, VA – 03/28/2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and Solekai Systems today announced the availability of sample bit streams to assist TV designers in applying CEA-CEB21, Recommended Practice for Selection and Presentation of DTV Audio.  

CEA-CEB21 provides guidance on how to determine available audio programs and assist consumers in their selection. The released sample streams match the examples found in CEA-CEB21, enabling designers to assess design options for digital TVs (DTVs), which go beyond the simple Secondary Audio Program (SAP) found in analog TVs.

For example, each video program broadcast on a digital TV can include multiple audio programs, including Spanish language and video descriptions, the audio narration of the action depicted in the video portion of the television programming. These video descriptions assist the visually impaired.

CEA is also working with the FCC and a diverse group of stakeholders to pave a way forward for reliable delivery of video descriptions, and Solekai Systems designed a sample stream that provides video descriptions compliant with the latest accessibility standards. The challenge is to make video descriptions available to the large base of installed DTVs that were designed before standards were updated, while enabling future DTVs to take advantage of all the available digital audio capabilities. Broadcasters, operators and manufacturers can use this stream to evaluate best practices to support required delivery of video description. 

“CEA is working aggressively to develop the standards and tools necessary to implement new FCC rules for video descriptions,” said Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, research & standards, CEA. “Solekai has done an outstanding job creating these critical test streams for our members. We expect that the combination of documentation and working samples will significantly advance the goal of accessibility.”

“We are pleased to apply our extensive quality assurance and bit stream development experience to this CEA initiative,” said Martin Caniff, president, Solekai Systems. “CEA consistently stays ahead of market trends, anticipating the needs of its members as well as the consumers who use their products and services. We are happy to be a part of this collaborative effort.”

Companies interested in downloading sample bit streams may contact Mark Levine at


About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at, and through social media: CEA FacebookCEA TwitterDigital Dialogue.

About Solekai Systems Corporation:
Founded in 2002, Solekai Systems Corporation is a software engineering services company specializing in design, development, integration, and testing for digital video, consumer electronics, embedded and Smart Grid industries. Solekai’s unique combination of broad technical experience and project management skills, together with a customer-focused approach enables Solekai to consistently deliver successful results. Our services include design and development of specifications and requirements, software architecture, user interfaces, system integration and test procedures/execution.
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Categories:  Technology & Standards  — Tags:  CEA-CEB21, "digital tv", dtv, SAP, "Secondary Audio Program", Solekai

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