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XOrbit, Inc.
Industry Closed captioning
Delivery Verification
Founded April 10, 1996
Headquarters Columbia, MD, USA
Key people
Steven Blumenschein Founder/President
Website http://www.xorbit.com

XOrbit, Inc., a privately held organization, claims to strive toward improving the quality of closed caption technologies for the hearing impaired, a U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirement for broadcasters.[1]

XOrbit develops and promotes products that purportedly eases the improvement and quality of closed captioning services for broadcast and cable television channels at a lower cost than traditional techniques.[2] For example, they provide a product that prevents broadcasters from having to re-encode line21 captioning information into media whenever a change to the captioning is made.[3] They also provide a product that allows stenographers to send captioning for a live event without requiring a satellite feed for the audio/video content (using TCP/IP technologies).[4]

In 2003, Turner Entertainment gained a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for XOrbit's closed caption server technology. In 2009, XOrbit was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for Real-Time Delivery Confirmation Systems, a service to ensure that content (such as television commercials contracted by a network, or regular network programming) reaches the end viewer as transmitted.[5] In 2015, XOrbit earned another Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its low latency video captioning encoder.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.xorbit.com
  2. ^ http://www.xorbit.com/xo08_dl.aspx?ID=40
  3. ^ http://www.xorbit.com/xo08_products.aspx?1=divProductUltraCast
  4. ^ http://www.xorbit.com/xo08_products.aspx?1=divProductRTX
  5. ^ http://www.tvmainstream.com/default.cfm?ID=10515&type=wmhigh&clip=2
  6. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/photos/steve-blumenschein-xorbit-poses-backstage-emmy-low-latency-photo-082551103.html