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28 07 2004

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Judge Judy TV Show

27 07 2004

Judge Judy TV ShowFYI — It finally resolved in Fall 2003. Maybe some of you may have similar experience as I did. If so, please share it with us. Many thanks! –gwlj

Federal Communications Commission,
Date: Tue Jun 3, 2003

This is about closed captioning being blocked by their news station “bulletin board” on bottom of the screen during TV series between 4:00 – 4:30 PM and 4:30 – 5:00 PM right before their news is on at 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Their bulletin board on bottom of the TV usually last approximately 30 seconds but it will cause some delaying before and after. It will block closed captioning for one minute long. This bulletin board (news & sports, etc.) is separated from their weather announcement and it is not a problem.

I enjoy watch Judge Judy daily on my Replay TV program where I can watch whenever I have free time. Anyway, as you know it occurs when it block closed captioning and I wasn’t able to read what happened at end when Judge Judy gave final result. Who wins? How much they get the money? Blah Blah… Their bulletin board doesn’t always occur at the beginning of the shows. Sometime, it occurs during the middle of the show or at end of the show. I like to watch other court-related TV series such as People’s Court and it is no problem even with special announcement. (Yes, it is on different channel)

I’ve been communicated with local FOX TV Station. They do acknowledge about this situation and promised me repeat that it will be correctly with new equipments. It’s been on going for past two years. You will see our conversation via emails. (Theirs and mine since April 2001) This is all I have – – You will find gentleman’s name and their email address. Their home website address is http://www.fox4news.com (Dallas & Fort Worth News Station) — Don’t get confused – You may notice their email address is based on parent company which is FOX.com.

Bottom line, I think they put this issue as lowest priority and it’s been either delaying or don’t care what I was complained about it. Maybe there’s not many people complained about it but again, they knew it and promised they would fix it and they did not. It’s getting too long and it is ridiculous. My two daughters who are hearing and they said they could hear them talking just fine while captioning is being block.

Thank you for listening my concern and hope you can help me resolve this issue. Smile!

Best Regards,
Grant W. Laird, Jr.

—–Original Message—–
From: Grant W Laird Jr
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2003 5:55 AM
To: Chip MAHANEY;
Subject: Re: Comments from the Fox TV Dallas Web Site

Hello again,

We are in June 2003 now, which means it was last time I heard from you last January. I still continued see many Judge Judy TV series that block closed captioning when Channel 4 special bulletin board — What’s worst that some of them block the result so I have no way to know which plaintiff or defense win the court. Again this is totally un-necessary — As you know I am being very patience with you and your company for long time. Seems its not working, I am going take next step and start report to FCC and another agency. I am sorry but this is ridiculous.

gwlj

Chip MAHANEY wrote:
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003

Hi Mr. Laird:

I’m sorry this has taken so long. We have received and installed the equipment we need to make this work. One of the key components of this equipment had to be returned to the manufacturer. We just received it back, and it’s awaiting installation in the next few days. I’ve asked our engineers to be updated. If you haven’t heard from me in a couple of weeks, please write back.

Thanks again for writing, and Happy New Year!
Chip

1/6/2003 6:52:23 AM >>>

Chip,

According to this email converstation since April 2001, it seems to be on-going delaying for almost two years. It is ridiculous. Again, I am doing a follow-up with you and see if you were able to make it possible to view closed captioned without blocking at all during the scroll message for FOX4 News.

Let me know. Thanks!

gwlj

Chip MAHANEY wrote:

Hi Grant:

Better news this time. Our engineering chief says that the equipment is in house and has been installed. One of our engineers has been trying to configure it, but has not yet found the magic formula to make it look right on TV. I’m told we hope to have it fully working in the next couple of weeks. If another month passes, and you still have concerns, please feel free to write again.

Thanks for writing FOX 4.

Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News

10/25/2002 8:13:57 AM >>>

Hello again,

I believe last time I get back to you last February 2002 regarding closed captioning (CC) problem on TV. During the special scroll message provided by Fox News on Judge Judy TV shows on weekday at 4:00 and 4:30 PM, we continued see same thing by blocking CC while Fox News Scroll begins which sometime missed the final decision by Judge Judy. It is very disappointment that its been delaying too long. What’s going on? Let me know. Thanks.

Grant Laird Jr.

Chip MAHANEY wrote:

Hi again:

Thanks for keeping up with this. We appreciate hearing from you. We still have not purchased the product we need. But coincidentally, we just had a meeting with a vendor who sells a product that we like very much, that addresses this problem. I’m told this is a top priority in our capital budget, and we hope to be able to purchase it for on-air use later this year. Sorry I don’t have a more exact timeline, but rest assured your concern is something we want to address, and soon.

Thanks again for writing FOX 4.

Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News

2/5/2002 3:19:09 AM >>>

Hello there!

Its been a while since last time I emailed to you regarding about FOX Flashes that affected closed captioning. Recently I saw different kind of flashes display on TV however closed captioning still not working every time it display.

I would appreciate it if you can follow it up and let me know. Thanks!

gwlj

— KDFW FOX 4 Dallas wrote:

Hi again:

I’ve got bad news and some possible good news. The bad news is the equipment purchase has been delayed. The possible good news is that we’re looking to do the FOX Flashes in another way that will not cut off closed captioning. I don’t have an exact time for implementation, but I expect this will happen in the coming weeks.

Thanks for writing FOX 4.

Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
phone: 214-720-4444 / 817-654-4000
web: www.kdfwfox4.com
Thanks for watching FOX 4 News!

8/13/2001 2:52:05 AM >>>

Hello again,

I just want to follow it up since last time I emailed you last June. I still watch Judge Judy show but it continued to be a problem with closed captioning (CC) as I already mentioned from the beginning. Anyway, did you able to get new equipment and install lately? I cant wait…..

Also, sometime FOX News do not show closed captioning once a while. I dont recall which time slot that do not have CC but do you have any idea if FOX News do offer all the times or only specific time slot?

Thanks,
gwlj

KDFW FOX 4 Dallas wrote:
Hi:

Thanks for the update. I’m told we are awaiting the purchase of new equipment. We hope to be able to purchase this (not inexpensive) equipment in the next few months, so that we can rectify this problem.

Thanks for your patience.
Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
phone: 214-720-4444 / 817-654-4000
web: www.kdfwfox4.com
Thanks for watching FOX 4 News!

6/17/2001 6:33:44 AM >>>

Hello again,
Hope I don’t bug you too much. I just want to let you know that I still don’t see any change on TV during Judge Judy show since 4/28/01 when I emailed to you. Hope to hear from you again soon.

gwlj

KDFW FOX 4 Dallas wrote:

Thanks for the update. I haven’t heard anything different, but I’ll check into it again.

Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
phone: 214-720-4444 / 817-654-4000
web: www.kdfwfox4.com
Thanks for watching FOX 4 News!

5/30/2001 5:30:30 AM >>>

Hello,

I just want to follow up with comment you made few weeks ago. Today I watched and still experience same problem as I mentioned before.

Hope you are still working on it. Let me know.

Smile,
gwlj

KDFW FOX 4 Dallas wrote:

Thank you, Mr. Laird, for your comments. We are working on a method that will allow the “FOX Flash” promos not to interfere with the closed-caption display. We hope to be able to test it in the next week or two.

Thanks for writing FOX 4.
Chip Mahaney
KDFW FOX 4 News – Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
phone: 214-720-4444 / 817-654-4000
web: www.kdfwfox4.com
Thanks for watching FOX 4 News!

Fox TV Dallas Web Site
4/28/2001 1:10:59 AM >>>

Comment:

Ma’am or Sir,

I enjoyed watching Judge Judy on FOX 4 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM everyday. Unfortunately, FOX 4 news always appear special bulletin news on bottom of the TV during the Judge Judy show (when it make show smaller) — what happened when it does, it make closed captioning turn off. My two hearing daughters who can hear told me they still can hear it okay but no closed captioning. My recommendation to you is STOP doing this way every 30 minutes and look into another alternative for special bulletin news. I
would appreciated it.

By the way, my wife and I are deaf and we rely on closed captioning all the times. I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks!

Regards,
Grant W Laird Jr.
grant@deafnetwork.com
http://www.deafnetwork.com