Champaign, IL (August 19, 2015)—Cobalt Digital has collaborated with Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. to produce a software solution with text-to-speech capabilities to serve the needs of blind and low-vision people in communities throughout the United States.
The customized text-to-speech software, +TTS, is compatible with many openGear cards and BBG-1000 stand-alone units. Customers may purchase an optional software license for the cards to help ensure compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (21CCVA).
+TTS is a complete, 21CVAA-compliant text-to-speech generation/audio insertion solution for embedded or discrete audio systems. The software monitors network and local watch folders for new text files, converts the text to human-voice audio, and inserts it into user-configured audio channels (typically an SAP channel pair intended for playout). These text files are generated from existing graphics hardware that provides the visual text crawl on the lower third of a television broadcast.
The +TTS software is available for many Cobalt card models that use the 20-slot openGear frame architecture. Existing openGear users can incorporate the software in the field by installing a microSD card.