Captioning of Live TV Commentaries from the Olympic Games in Sochi: Some Interesting Insights

  • Josef V. Psutka
  • Aleš Pražák
  • Josef Psutka
  • Vlasta Radová
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8655)


In this paper, we describe our effort and some interesting insights obtained during captioning more than 70 hours of live TV broadcasts from the Olympic Games in Sochi. The closed captioning was prepared for ČT Sport, the sport channel of the public service broadcaster in the Czech Republic. We will briefly discuss our solution for distributed captioning architecture on live TV programs using re-speaking approach as well as several modifications of existing live captioning application (especially LVCSR system), but also the way of re-speaking of a real TV commentary for individual sports. We will show that a re-speaker after hard training can achieve such accuracy (more than 98 %) and readability of captions which clearly outperform accuracy of captions created by automatic recognition of TV soundtrack.


live captioning speech recognition re-speaking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Josef V. Psutka
    • 1
  • Aleš Pražák
    • 1
  • Josef Psutka
    • 1
  • Vlasta Radová
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CyberneticsWest Bohemia UniversityPilsenCzech Republic

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