The audio description service which has been provided on the free-to-air channels TV One and TV2 since 2011 will now be available to people who watch them through SKY TV, after a NZ$50,000 upgrade.
“This is fantastic news for all blind and vision impaired New Zealanders,” said Clive Lansink, National President of the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand. “We are grateful SKY has made this service available and, for some, it really will be life-changing.”
The audio description service, funded by NZ On Air, began after a trial in early 2011 and has now risen to 20 hours of audio described programs per week. This includes some of the country’s most loved shows, such as the home-grown soap opera Shortland Street.