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August 2012
Date Published News headline and description
24 August 2012 Paralympics audio described on UK TV
The Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be audio described on British television after campaigning by the Royal National Institute of Blind...
06 August 2012 Eyes-free viewing: Australia’s first audio described TV
Australia’s first audio described TV was switched on on Sunday evening, as the ABC commenced its technical trial. Audio description (AD) is a...
01 August 2012 First audio described programs announced
The long-awaited trial of audio description commences on ABC1 on Sunday, 5 August, with the first programs to be described including Grand Designs...
July 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 July 2012 Audio description hits 20 hours a week in New Zealand
Audio description, which was introduced on New Zealand television in 2011, is now averaging an impressive 20 hours a week on TV1 and TV2. 
23 July 2012 Nine beats FOXTEL in captioned Olympic coverage
The Nine network has confirmed that all of its coverage of the London Olympics, consisting of over 300 hours broadcast on Channel 9 and simulcast in...
20 July 2012 Audio description trial dates announced
The long-awaited trial of audio description on Australian television will commence on 5 August on ABC1, and run for 13 weeks between 5pm and midnight...
17 July 2012 New US access standards for remotes and 3D TVs
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has just released five new standards for electronics equipment manufacturers, including one related to...
16 July 2012 Woolworths refuses to caption its ads
Following an investigation by B&T magazine which found that many major Australian brands are not captioning their TV commercials, Coles has...
04 July 2012 Audio description now mandatory on US television
As of 1 July, audio description is once again mandatory on television in the US, with the top four networks and top five cable TV channels obliged to...
June 2012
Date Published News headline and description
28 June 2012 Captions included on ABC iView app
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has today launched the ABC iView app for iPhone, with caption functionality included.
25 June 2012 TV captioning bill passed in Senate
This morning, a bill to amend the access provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 was passed by the Senate, and now only awaits royal assent...
06 June 2012 Canadian access company launches audio described TV guide
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched an online guide listing all programs available with audio description on Canadian TV channels.
May 2012
Date Published News headline and description
30 May 2012 SKY NZ to provide more captions
New Zealand subscription TV provider SKY has extended captioning to a further four channels – History, BBC Knowledge, MTV and TVNZ Heartland. This...
28 May 2012 Apple registers patent for accessible TV features
A patent registered by Apple earlier this month will make Apple TV more accessible by incorporating an audible menu. This will allow blind or vision...
25 May 2012 Foxtel and Xbox 360 gesture towards accessibility
Foxtel has teamed up with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect to provide voice and gesture based commands on the Foxtel subscription TV service.  By using...
24 May 2012 How to get your free talking set-top box
Blind or vision impaired people who receive the Disability Support Pension will now be given a free talking set-top box as part of the switchover to...
24 May 2012 Access rules for UK broadcasters to be extended to international channels
The UK communications regulator, Ofcom, is proposing a change of rules so that UK broadcasters whose services are intended for other European...
16 May 2012 Outcry as Irish TV reduces captioning
TV Access, a coalition of organisations in the disability and ageing sector, has strongly condemned new Access Rules released by the Broadcasting...
08 May 2012 More captioning on pay TV
An agreement reached between the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA)...
02 May 2012 Government releases draft changes to caption legislation
Yesterday the Federal Government released a draft bill to amend the Broadcasting Services Act to include caption quotas and caption quality...

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