closed caption / subtitle transcript availablility
January 14, 2013 8:32 AM   Subscribe

Is there a place or a way that I can download the transcripts/ closed captions / subtitles for different television broadcasts?

Like if I wanted the transcripts of the broadcasts for every NFL game played this year, would that be possible?

Or the golden globes last night...there were obviously subtitles produced, but I wonder how to get them?

Seems like this would be a trove of information.
posted by amsterdam63 to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The person who runs Prochronism (a blog about language use in TV shows that depict different time periods, such as Mad Men, Downton Abbey, etc) uses Subscene, according to the FAQ. I don't see sports or awards shows there but Subscene does have forums that might help you.
posted by bcwinters at 9:05 AM on January 14, 2013 [1 favorite]

The Internet Archive's searchable TV News archive might scratch part of that itch.
posted by zippy at 9:48 AM on January 14, 2013

There are companies who do this as a business - so I think it will be unlikely to find this as a cheap or free resource online.

A person or company can hire them to track any use of a name or keywords on television, by large scale data mining of CC. I could be entirely wrong, but I vaguely remember an article about the Daily Show using this sort of system to be able to find clips from all the various news outlets over an extended period of time. With that, they could put together a montage of clips showing a particular politician and his statements on a certain subject over the course of a year.
posted by shinynewnick at 11:50 AM on January 14, 2013

The Plex guys keep a list of the various subtitle repositories on the Internet.

Look under

"Obtaining Subtitle Files"

I have no idea whether they'll have NFL game subtitles, however.
posted by jgreco at 12:32 PM on January 14, 2013

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