To help localize subtitles from English to other languages, such as Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese, Netflix developed a proof-of-concept AI model that can automatically simplify and translate subtitles to multiple languages.

The work is presented in a paper, Simplify-then-Translate: Automatic Preprocessing for Black-Box Machine Translation, published this month on the pre-print platform arXiv. The work is a collaboration between Netflix and Virginia Tech.

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