Thursday, May 14, 2009


Real surprised about having problems with TaylerInfoMedia's "" for the search of locating captioned first-run films at selected theatres.

When came to South Florida last March 2009. I was in somewhat a mood for first-run film viewing. I typed "Fort Lauderdale, FL". Guess what?

No captioned films in Fort Lauderdale area. I decide to check out captioned films in Miami area. Guess what? The list of captioned film availability found for Fort Lauderdale area. Whoa!

If not for my deterative thinking, I would never find out about such theatre in Fort Lauderdale screening the captioned first-run films in the first place.

I went to New York City (NY) for a major event last week. I checked out the to see if there were any captioned films shown in NYC. Guess what? Nope!

I recalled from my personal experience dealing with the back to last March 2009. I figured out instantly and typed "Newark, NJ". Good enough that there were several captioned films being shown in NYC like J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" film being shown at the Regal Lincoln Square 12 theatre on Friday morning at 10:05am. Just one film screening for "Star Trek" at that same theatre and no following showtime later that weekend.

I ended up viewed "Wolverine: Origin of X-Men" film with RWC (rear windows captioning), not my original choice for "Star Trek" film. I managed to watch the full Star Trek film without captions. Of course, I wouldn't pay for the non-captioned film at all. Just sneaked in as usual.

Why not? Who (the deaf) want to pay for any film without captions? That is my own personal protest against the movie theatres for not showing other films without captions or pigeonhole us into watching particular film without much customer choices for other film viewings.

I hopefully will view "Star Trek" film with open captions at the Regal Cypress theatre this weekend. I wonder about other deaf people being not resourceful as I am. They would eventually find out that there are no captioned films being shown in their area or travel destination.

I always am very grateful to Tayler for the creation of and thank him all the hard works for serving the deaf community at large. My heart go to Tayler and the DeafRead. :)

Please share your personal experience dealing with the and help Tayler to improve and finesse the search engine for captioned films being shown somewhere. Thanks.

ASLize yours,
Robert L. Mason (RLM)


  1. problem is

    NOT fomdi

    its the theaters not putting their movies in searched listings, it does not check "other web pages" that shows a list of movies that are captioned, it searches movie theaters.

    if they dont list it, it doesn't find it.

    best is to bark at the movie theater's web page and make em start adding the info needed

    (NOT a side bar, with things like - "This Friday movie captioned is X-Women" etc:)

  2. Take a look at

    Unfortunately Fomdi hasn't been updated with better improvement or checking.

  3. Give a try. You won't be disappointed.

    Use location as a basis for comparison. A search for movies within a 30 mile radius of Fort Lauderdale, FL yields six captioned movies on Captionfish compared to only two on Fomdi.

    Captionfish is also forgiving when it comes to spelling errors in your location entry. When I first searched for Fort Lauderdale, FL, I misspelled Lauderdale (Lauderale is what I typed). Captionfish was able to figure out what I was looking for and displayed the correct results. Fomdi, on the other hand, couldn't find anything.

    The DeafCode team (the guys behind Captionfish) are looking for feedback. Check out the site, play around with it a little bit, and let them know what you think via the feedback link on the right sidebar.

  4. Anonymous,

    The problem lies with the Fomdi, because of its inability to open up any particular city with availability of captioned films like New York City (NYC).

    Deaf Code,

    I will check out the ;ater. Thanks.


  5. Let me add my two cents, that part of the issue is that they pull times only from Fandango. It took me three years to get Fandango to add the CC/DVS tags to our captioned showtimes, while and com already showed them.

    I have some links on my site for finding showtimes directly from the major chains -

    (Captionfish is beta, and doesn't yet show the captions available at my theatres in MI - but I know they are smart folks and actively developing it)

  6. Bill,

    Many thanks for sharing your personal experience and knowledege regarding the search for captioned films. I truly appreciate it very much.

    I hope that the DeafRead readers and viewers will check out your website's links to various search engine for captioned films.

    Thanks again, Bill. :)


  7. Did some research on issue so you can now go to my blog on Deaf Anthology and see if the information is helpful making it easier to find a captioned movie nearby. I research various theatres chains and only five of them meets my criteria and will suggest you bookmark them on your sidekick whenever you travel

  8. Gary,

    Thank you very much for your comment.

    I will do by checking out your
    blog, Deaf Anthology this weekend.

    Thanks again for your tip and suggestion. :)


  9. I just played with Captionfish and it is very good and very fast.

    I will probably switch to it because they have a lot more movie results and I just like that site better.

    RLM you should look at that site and see ehy it is better. They fdo a good job with movies.

  10. Yes! Captionfish is awesome!!!!

    I only find 2 movies in my area with Fomdi, Captionfish find 8 movies! Captionfish very better than Fomdi. Fomdi go away Captionfish my new favorite!111!

  11. Hi Anonymous,

    I really like the CaptionFish very much.

    No questions about the real effectiveness of CaptionFish!

    Much faster download than Fomdi. What a waste of time with the Fomdi.

    CaptionFish instantly display the listing of captioned movies. :)


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