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March 2013
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20 March 2013 Overcoming audio description’s technical hurdles
Following the 2012 trial on ABC1, Media Access Australia has compiled a briefing paper outlining how Australia’s television industry can overcome the...
07 March 2013 ACMA posts captioning exemptions submissions
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has posted submissions it has received in response to preliminary caption exemption and...
06 March 2013 Canada first country to achieve 100% broadcast captioning
Canada is already a world leader in television captioning with legislation mandating that all TV programs are broadcast with captions. Now, Canada’s...
01 March 2013 The top 5 ways the Disability Discrimination Act has boosted access
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) turns 20 this year and Australia’s disability communities are taking the opportunity to reflect on how the...
February 2013
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28 February 2013 Groups call on Government to release audio description report
The organisations behind the campaign to have audio description provided on Australian TV have called on the Government to release the ABC's...
25 February 2013 Blindy.TV: a new online audio description service
Blindy.TV, which describes itself as “your accessible couch potato experience”, is a new free online service created by blind people. Aiming to make...
19 February 2013 Campaign for captions in Malta
A campaign is under way in Malta to have captions introduced on television and in cinemas. Run by the Deaf People Association and film promotion...
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...

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