Italian project provides cinema captioning via Samsung smartphones and tablets

Friday, 24 June 2011 09:44am

‘Leggi il film’, ‘read the film’ in Italian, is a joint project by Italian hearing impaired association FIADDA and Universal Multimedia Access to provide captioning in Italian cinemas via an app for Samsung devices.

Using a Samsung smartphone or tablet, viewers watch captions or subtitles at any session at participating cinemas via the MovieReading app, which uses the device’s microphone to recognise the audio track of a film and synchronise captions accordingly. Currently nine Space Cinema locations across Italy offer the service, including in Rome, Milan and Naples.

MovieReading, created by Universal Multimedia Access, is available for free from Samsung Apps and for Samsung products with Android operating systems. Plans are in place to make the app available through the Google Apps Marketplace and Apple App Store for all other smartphone and tablet devices.

Samsung has provided Space Cinemas with smartphones and tablets for loan to patrons as part of the project.

Please note that the linked websites in this article are in Italian only.

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