Super Bowl ads - captions

Superbowl Ads and Commercials

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2016 Super Bowl
February 7, 2016 - Super Bowl XLIX - Carolina Panthers vs Denver Broncos

While the Super Bowl will draw millions of viewers and have people talking about everything from the players and coaches, to the fans, food, and entertainers, who's talking about the millions of viewers who are excluded; the deaf or hard of hearing?

Captions.Com is a non-profit service that is dedicated to only one thing, the exposure of companies that do not support captioning for the Super Bowl Ads.  Captions.Com has provided this service for over ten years.

We sometimes wonder why advertisers simply overlook the Deaf as an audience, and overlook millions of people that are in situations where they cannot hear what is going on the TV, for example bars, lounges and private gatherings.  Many of the viewers simply cannot hear the ads - what are they missing?

Super Bowl commercials seem to receive more hype than the game. The commercials spots for the Super Bowl sell out in record time as advertisers vie for the highly sought-after opportunity to connect with the 111.5 million viewers who tune-in to watch the game and, perhaps with just as much draw, the Super Bowl Ads.

Marketing companies continually attempt to meet rising viewer expectations when producing their spots. Millions of dollars are spent by companies promoting their products. This year's advertisers paid an average of 4 to 4.5 million dollars to secure a 30-second commercial during the game. The exposure they receive, and the money they make, is tremendous.

Each year Captions.Com monitors the commercials during the game to see which are captioned for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. We then display those who captioned and those who did not.

  • A 30-second ad during the Super Bowl is 4  to 4.5 million dollars - ($4,000,000.00).
  • The cost to caption that ad is approximately $200.

Check below to see how many sponsors were willing to spend the extra money to make their ad accessible and connect with the 28 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Captions.Com has compiled the following list of captioned and non-captioned commercials that were aired during the Super Bowl. We have tried to link to a contact page for each company. On some sites, we could not find a contact page. If you find that information, please let us know and it will be posted. Please take the time to thank the companies who have included captioning and let those who have not know that it is important to you.

Background and Disclaimer: This site is maintained by several parents that have no relationship with any of the sponsors or do not have any relationship with captioning services.  Information for this site was obtained through casual observation and should not be considered definitive, although efforts were diligent.



2016 Results


Super Bowl XLIX was a breakthrough year with Closed Captioning provided on ALL Super Bowl commercials.

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For the first year ever, the Super Bowl commercials all provided Closed Captioning, even the Church of Scientology who was famously behind the times in 2015. Way to go advertisers!


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