AppTek and BSE Partner for Closed Captioning in Canada

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Bringing Automated Captioning Technology to Market

Applications Technology (AppTek) and BSE announce today their partnership to bring automated closed captioning to Canadian broadcasters.

“BSE is incredibly impressed with the quality of the captions provided by AppTek’s automated closed captioning appliance,” said Stephen Aitcheson, BSE’s Managing Partner and President. “The Canadian broadcast market is embracing appropriate technical solutions to ensure that the deaf and hard-of-hearing community have the best viewing experience.”

AppTek’s Live CC Appliance offers high accuracy, no paraphrasing, 3-second average latency and can be adapted for each user and local geography through deep learning and artificial intelligence.

“In addition to continuously updating our proprietary speech-to-text IP, AppTek has been working directly with the hard-of-hearing community to compare different closed captioning methodologies,” stated Adam Sutherland, AppTek CEO. “In cooperation with our research university partners, we have received early feedback that our Live CC Appliance results can be more complete and understandable than human captioning. This alternative allows the deaf and hard-of-hearing broader access to a viewing experience that is closer to the experience the hearing community enjoys.”

BSE will offer the Live CC Appliance in English and French for the Canadian market, and is available in 11 other languages including Mandarin, German, French, Arabic and others.

Aitcheson added, “Our team at BSE recognized very early that artificial intelligence (AI), data and machine learning were going to have a profound impact on the broadcast and Media landscape. We realized that to address the changing needs of our customers we would have to find industry leading technology partners to give the broadcast industry the products required to achieve these goals. AppTek is one of those industry leaders, with an extremely advanced AI based captioning technology. They are the first truly automated captioning platform with the ability to handle the stringent demands of the live broadcast marketplace. BSE is excited to be working with the team at AppTek.”



As a pioneer in automatic speech recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence; AppTek partners with its customers to provide solutions focused on closed captioning and subtitling, call center content discovery and mobile intelligent voice agents. Customers rely on AppTek to drive revenue, save costs and increase productivity. We deliver the most robust speech technology solutions focused on mining for business insights, ensuring compliance and delivering value across the enterprise. For more information, visit


Broadcast Systems & Equipment has been serving the Broadcast industry successfully for several decades. BSE’s extensive product lines and many years of diverse industry experience, within its sales and engineering teams, along with our close industry ties, will continue to allow BSE to understand the ever-changing needs of its clients and provide them with leading edge technology to help them meet the new challenges of the Broadcast and Media industries. We believe that AppTek is one of those industry leading technologies and we are very proud to be representing them in Canada. Visit for more information.

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