Thursday, February 22, 2024

Pornhub Will Caption Videos For Those With Hearing Loss

You can chalk this up as either another publicity stunt or an actual service geared to those with accessibility issues. Pornhub will caption videos for those with hearing loss.

As Engadget reported, Pornhub will provide “descriptive and interpretative text” aimed at those unable “to hear the video’s original audio.” This service will be added to more than 1,000 videos and touch various genres on the platform.

In addition, it will allow its viewers determine emotional shifts in the video and who is speaking at any given time. Non-dialog sounds pertinent to the storyline or scene will also be included.

While other streaming platforms typically utilize an algorithmic system to caption videos, Pornhub will hand-caption their content. This move represents the other angle of the company’s accessibility efforts. Previously Pornhub launched videos that provided audio description for those suffering from sight loss.

Engadget actually checked if anyone watched those videos and reported that “several of them had around a million views.” So the market’s there. People want to consume adult content and Pornhub is willing to help them achieve that goal.

Pornhub was founded by web developer Matt Keezer as a website within the company Interhub, and launched on 25 May 2007.The website allows visitors to view pornographic videos from a number of categories, including professional and amateur pornography. Users can share videos on social media websites and leave “like” or “dislike” votes. Users may also optionally register a free Pornhub account, which additionally allows them to post comments, download videos and add videos to their favourites, as well as upload videos themselves. Videos can be flagged if they contain content which violates the website’s terms of service.[19]

In March 2010, the company was purchased by MindGeek. As part of MindGeek, Pornhub makes up one of several pornographic websites in the company’s “Pornhub Network”, alongside YouPorn, RedTube, and others. Though not the most popular pornographic website, Pornhub is the single largest such website on the internet, hosting more videos than any similar site, often in the top 20 sites along with Yahoo, Google, Amazon and more.

Pornhub will caption videos for those with hearing loss is another way for them to engage their audience.


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