This seems fitting, I do have a lot of hits from the deaf community due to my site name. DeafNN of DeafNN.wordpress.com had commented that he won’t buy an Apple TV until closed captioning is enabled for the hearing impaired community.
Over at Macrumors.com, they posted images of the iPhone (yet unreleased) firmware 1.1.1 supporting closed captioning. I suspect this is so that they can sell English dialogue versions of TV shows and movies in French and German markets, but this is a huge boon to the deaf market as well.
This is pretty exciting to a number of people, including myself, who aren’t yet hard of hearing, meaning you can watch movies/tv shows on the train without damaging your hearing, or simply on long road trips in cars with lots of road noise. It also could set a new standard for closed captioning on digital video, as there isn’t really one yet that works on a truly cross platform level. I’m glad Apple’s stepping up to the plate on this one, and hopefully the anime community will be quick to latch on to this possible standard.