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Digital technology

A guide to the mainstream technologies that are affordable and accessible, helping people with a disability access information when and where they choose.  

Visit this section to get the latest on the technologies making the most impact.

Latest News

  • 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.

  • The Canadian accessibility company Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched AMI-télé, the world's first French-language channel to present its entire schedule with open audio description.

  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014
    Digital technology highlights of 2014

    As the year draws to a close, it’s a good time to reflect back on the significant accessibility improvements that we’ve seen in digital technology across the major operating systems in computers and mobile devices.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, 16 December 2014
    Senate caption inquiry posts submissions

    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.

  • 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.

  • Monday, 15 December 2014
    Cinema and the arts highlights of 2014

    2014 had a number of highlights in the areas of cinema and the arts. Where cinema developments over the last few years could be considered full steam ahead, as anticipated, this year saw a slowing of progress as the rollout of digital screens has neared completion across English-speaking countries. That doesn’t mean accessible cinema progress has come to a complete halt though, with an exciting development in the US that could have flow-on effects worldwide.

Welcome to Media Access Australia

This website provides information on access to media using technology. It covers a wide range of practical information on access issues involving TV, DVDs, cinema-the-arts, the artsXXX, new media and education; and access technologies including captioning (primarily used by people who are Deaf and hearing impaired) and audio description (primarily used by people who are blind and vision impaired). You will also find information on rules and regulations affecting access, and levels of access on various types of media in Australia and the rest of the world. The key to our service is keeping people up-to-date with the world of accessible media.

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