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April 2014
Date Published News headline and description
24 April 2014 A look into the future of captioning
Advances in technology have the potential to streamline the captioning process and make captioning more affordable without sacrificing quality,...
15 April 2014 Results of our survey on multichannel captioning
A survey conducted by Media Access Australia has found that levels of captioning on commercial multichannels, which include 7Two, Go! and One, remain...
07 April 2014 Top captioned shows on Plus7
Last week we reported on Seven becoming the first commercial network in Australia to make its catch-up TV service accessible to viewers who are Deaf...
March 2014
Date Published News headline and description
28 March 2014 That 70s captioned show: how the news was first brought to Deaf Americans
Following the release of our white paper on caption quality, we look back at the origins of television captioning.
25 March 2014 Measuring caption quality: our white paper
Media Access Australia today released a white paper entitled Caption quality: International approaches to standards and measurement. It focuses on...
24 March 2014 Captioning campaign launched in New Zealand
The National Foundation for the Deaf has launched a campaign, Caption It!, calling for increased levels of captioning on New Zealand television.
20 March 2014 ABC iview on the road to accessibility
The ABC is working on Australia’s most accessible catch-up TV service as it rolls out improvements to iview.
14 March 2014 ACMA releases community safeguards report
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released its report on the ‘Contemporary community safeguards inquiry’ it...
12 March 2014 Free TV Australia requests an end to caption reporting requirements
In a submission to the Department of Communications, Free TV Australia, the organisation which represents Australian free-to-air broadcasters, has...
February 2014
Date Published News headline and description
05 February 2014 ACMA makes no finding regarding Foxtel captioning complaint
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has made no finding in relation to a complaint made by a member of the public that an...
05 February 2014 Access conference comes to Brisbane
Registrations for the 2014 Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities are now open. The annual conference focuses on how...
January 2014
Date Published News headline and description
22 January 2014 Telstra Pay TV applies for caption exemptions
Telstra Pay TV has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for exemptions to caption requirements for its subscription...
17 January 2014 Report looks at television access levels across Europe
A major report commissioned by the European Commission has found that levels of captioning, audio description and signing on television vary widely...
December 2013
Date Published News headline and description
23 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: television caption quality
In June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) released its long-awaited caption standard, setting out the criteria it will use...
16 December 2013 Unscrambling caption quality control
In 2014 Media Access Australia will release the world’s first review of how the quality of closed captions and subtitles for the Deaf and hearing...
06 December 2013 Highlights of 2013: Talking TVs released in Australia
Over the past few years, the increasing availability of text-to-speech technology in PCs, tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices has made...
05 December 2013 Forty years of captioned news
This week marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first captioned news program, which went to air on America’s PBS network at 11pm on 3 December...
November 2013
Date Published News headline and description
26 November 2013 New access company launched in New Zealand
Able is the new company which will be supplying captioning for channels TV One, TV2, TV3 and FOUR in New Zealand, as well as audio description for...
20 November 2013 Ai-Media adopts European caption quality model
The Australian access company Ai-Media, which will take over the captioning of all Nine network television programs in January, has adopted the NER...
12 November 2013 Audio description on TV – where to now?
Media Access Australia has prepared an analysis of the ABC’s report on the technical delivery of the audio description trial on ABC1 last year....

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