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February 2013
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18 February 2013 MasterChef highlights online access gap
One of the contestants on Network Ten’s MasterChef: The Professionals, Bonny Porter, has a hearing impairment, but like other Deaf and hearing...
14 February 2013 World’s second audio described TV channel launches in Czech Republic
The radio and television broadcaster Czech Radiokomunikace has launched an audio description channel, the second in the world after Canada’s AMI-tv....
07 February 2013 Apple TV software update improves accessibility
Apple TVs are now easier to use for everybody after a software update to the device improved access features. Included in this update is support for...
04 February 2013 Canadian counterpart honoured with Jubilee Medal
The CEO of our sister organisation, Media Access Canada, Beverley Milligan has been awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  The...
January 2013
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31 January 2013 The challenges of voice recognition in captioning
Voice recognition software is becoming the staple of captioning providers but the technology is far from perfect, writes Television Project Manager...
23 January 2013 Fetch TV applies for caption exemptions
Fetch TV, a subscription service which delivers its content over the internet, has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA...
10 January 2013 How to make a submission about caption quality
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has invited public comments on its new draft captioning standard. This is a perfect...
03 January 2013 Deaf consumer groups file complaint against Amazon for lack of captions
Seven American deaf consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing Amazon of violating new...
December 2012
Date Published News headline and description
21 December 2012 Conference looks at voice recognition and live captioning
The increasing use of voice recognition technology to create captions for live programs was a major topic at the CSI User Experience Conference, an...
21 December 2012 Ofcom extends access requirements to programs made for Europe
The British communications regulator, Ofcom, has decided to extend the access requirements it places on UK broadcasters to channels providing...
18 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #12 – US regulator takes the lead on online captioning
The USA has seen a number of developments this year which will increase the availability of captions online. With the world’s most popular content...
11 December 2012 Can machines make audio description easier?
The question of whether automated tools help or hinder the production of access services, such as audio description, was a much discussed topic at...
10 December 2012 Top 12 of 12 #6 – changes to the Broadcasting Services Act
An issue close to home for many of our readers is the quality and availability of captions on free-to-air and subscription TV. Good news arrived in...
06 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #4 – captions come to SBS online
In July, SBS became the second Australian television network to offer captions on its catch-up service.
05 December 2012 ACMA releases draft television captioning standard
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a draft of the new standard covering caption quality on free-to-air and...
03 December 2012 Top 12 of 2012 #1 – the audio description trial
As 2012 winds to a close, we take a look at the twelve biggest events impacting on access to media for people with a disability. Possibly the biggest...
November 2012
Date Published News headline and description
27 November 2012 Highlights of the Languages and the Media conference
The Languages and the Media conference was held in Berlin last week. This is the premier access conference in the world and Media Access Australia’s...
22 November 2012 Presentation: Does measuring caption quality really make any difference?
Our CEO, Alex Varley, is presenting at the Languages and the Media Conference in Berlin this week. Below are the slides and summary of his...
22 November 2012 Greens Senators support audio description
Senator Scott Ludlam, Greens spokesperson for communications, and Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for disability, have urged the...
16 November 2012 Join the campaign for caption quality
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is seeking Caption Campaigners who can monitor TV programs and report on poor quality...

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