AppTek and Sky News Arabia Announce Partnership for Live Automated Closed Captioning

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Partnership Integrates AppTek's Live Closed Captioning Appliance Technology into Broadcaster Solutions to Expand Audience Reach

AppTek and Sky News Arabia are proud to announce their partnership to bring live, fully automated Arabic closed-captioning to air. This represents the first time an Arabic-language news broadcaster is providing live closed-captioning to its broadcasts. By implementing AppTek’s fully automated captioning appliance into their existing broadcast solutions, Sky News Arabia commits to support complete access to its programming across the region.

“It is our pleasure to offer access to our award-winning content for all environments.” said Dave Mace of Sky News Arabia. “By integrating AppTek’s Arabic Closed Captioning solution into our workflow, we can reliably and affordably expand our audience.”

“AppTek is very proud to partner with Sky News Arabia. This is a perfect example of how our automated speech recognition solutions can solve real-world business challenges for media companies and others,” stated Adam Sutherland, CEO of AppTek. “Expanding access to quality content is a wonderful reward for our decades of R&D.”

Sky News Arabia is a multi-platform, Arabic-language news and current affairs provider based in Abu Dhabi, with a network of bureaus across the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the USA.

Launched in May 2012 as a joint venture between Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation and the UK’s Sky PLC, Sky News Arabia operates a 24/7 HD television news channel, together with a radio station and numerous digital properties, offering fresh, fast and independent news to a global audience. Championing the use of cutting-edge technology, Sky News Arabia is available via traditional satellite broadcast and a rapidly increasing network of digital streaming and mobile applications.

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Applications Technology (AppTek) is a U.S. company specializing in human language technology, headquartered in McLean, Virginia. AppTek's automatic speech recognition (ASR) and machine translation focus on making information accessible across different languages. AppTek’s solutions allow for multiple applications, such as web, search, e-commerce, media monitoring, closed captioning, subtitling and content localization. AppTek’s integration of speech and text processing is unique in the industry and offers cross-leveraging of linguistic resources across numerous languages. AppTek's highly-skilled team of computational linguists and software engineers can customize these HLT engines and build them into existing solutions.

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