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Red Bee Media asks for feedback from caption users

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The major captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia is seeking feedback about the positioning of captions on the popular Seven Network program My Kitchen Rules, and will be hosting a focus group at Docklands, Melbourne, on Friday, 30 January.

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My Kitchen Rules features a great deal of text on screen as well as other important visual information. Red Bee wants to show people a few options for the positioning of captions, so they can choose what they like the best.


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ACMA posts preliminary caption exemptions

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has commenced posting this year’s round of draft exemption and target reduction orders, which exempt channels from having to meet normal captioning requirements for a year or more.

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AbleGamers select most accessible games of 2014

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AbleGamers, the organisation working to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games, has named its most accessible mainstream games of 2014.

Bayonetta wearing the outfit of The Legend of Zelda's Link, in the game Bayonetta 2 for Wii U. Image credit: BagoGames

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Noteworthy accessible game releases in 2014

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Just in time to help you relax over the holidays, we've enlisted the help of UX designer, accessibility specialist and co-author of the Game Accessibility Guidelines, Ian Hamilton, to provide a list of noteworthy cross-platform accessible game releases in 2014.

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Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media Access Australia’s guide on accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014.

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iTunes $30, $20 and $50 gift cards


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Education highlights of 2014

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This year we have further explored accessible media and resources available to support students with diverse learning needs.

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TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7

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In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.

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UK regulator issues latest video on demand accessibility report

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The Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) has released its 2014 report on the provision of access on video on demand (VOD) services in the UK. This shows that there have been improvements in the provision of captioning (and to a lesser extent audio description), but there remains much work to be done.

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Senate caption inquiry posts submissions

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Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now been posted on the committee’s website.

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The proposed amendments, which were introduced into parliament in October, include:


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Skype Translator moves closer to general availability

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Microsoft has announced that its Skype Translator tool—which provides real time translations of different spoken languages to text captions—has moved closer to general availability.

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