NCI’s Milestones (Text Only)

  • 1979: Creation of NCI announced by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
  • 1980: First closed-captioned programs: The ABC Sunday Night Movie (ABC), Disney’s Wonderful World (NBC), and Masterpiece Theatre (PBS) air on March 16. First children’s program: 3-2-1 Contact (PBS). First commercial: IBM.
  • 1981: First captioning on a live sports event: The Sugar Bowl. First home videos: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The China Syndrome, and Chapter Two (RCA/Columbia House Home Video). First pay cable series: Bizarre (Showtime).
  • 1982: NCI develops real-time captioning. First live special: The Academy Awards. First national newscast: World News Tonight (ABC).
  • 1984: First real-time captioning of the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
  • 1985: First real-time captioning of comentary on a sports event: Super Bowl. First coporately-funded TV series: Family Ties by Kellogg Company.
  • 1986: First daytime serial: Search for Tomorrow. First daytime talk show: The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • 1987: First game shows: Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.
  • 1991: First Congressional floor proceedings: U.S. House of Representatives.
  • 1992: First home video service in Europe: England.
  • 1993: First inter-continentally-telivised event: Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration, U.S. and England.
  • 2001: First real-time Spanish captioning with mixed case and accent marks: Deportes (CNN en Espanol).
  • 2002: NCI adds a Described Medai group and explores Voice Writing as a viable captioning method.
  • 2004: First live broadcast captioned by Voice Writing: C-SPAN.
  • 2009: First live broadcast captioned by Spanish Voice Writing: KWHY.
  • 2010: NCI captions Sesame Street for the 30th year.
  • 2011: NCI introduces Recap’d, a web-based system for displaying live captioning.